SUNSET, South Carolina -
The Michigan State women’s golf team earned its best finish of the spring by placing fifth at the Clemson Invitational, shooting a 5-over-par 869 (288-287-294) at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in Sunset, South Carolina. The Spartans wrapped up the tournament on Sunday with a 6-over-par 294 in the final round, giving them their third straight top six finish.
No. 4 Florida State edged No. 8 Furman by two strokes for the tourney title at 10-under-par 854 (291-278-285).
The Spartans finished ahead of several teams in the top 30 of the current Golfweek/Saragin rankings, including No. 18 Texas A&M (301-295-304-900), which placed 13th; No. 22 Tennessee (302-286-289-877), which finished seventh; and No. 28 Ohio State (298-290-300-888), which came in 10th.
A trio of Spartans placed in the top 15 of the event, led by Sarah Burnham who tied for eighth place with a 1-under-par 215 (73-69-73). Burnham fired a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday, parring 16 of 18 holes on the day.
Katie Sharp and Allyson Geer both tied for 15th place at 1-over par. Sharp was 3-over-par at the turn on Sunday, but birdies on the final two holes helped her card a 2-over-par 74. She finished the tournament 1-over-par 217 (71-72-74).
For Sharp, it marked her second straight top-15 finish.
Geer had a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday, ending the event 1-over par 217 (70-72-75) to earn the first top-15 finish of her collegiate career.
Carolyn Markley had the best round of the day by a Spartan on Sunday with an even-par 72. She improved her score with each round of the event and tied for 35th place at 5-over-par 221 (75-74-72).
Paz Marfa Sans finished 8-over-par 224 (74-74-76) to tie for 44th place.
Florida State’s Matilda Castren claimed medalist honors, finishing the event 9-under-par 207.
The Spartans will return to action April 15-16 at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, which will be their last tune-up prior to the Big Ten Championship the following weekend.