COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State women’s golf team is in second place, one stroke behind No. 20 Texas, after two rounds at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans shot a 12-over-par 300 in round one and then improved by 10 shots in round two with a 2-over-par 290, finishing the day 14-over-par 590 at OSU's par-72, 6,319-yard Scarlet Course.
“We played well this afternoon when conditions got tough,” MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. “The wind picked up and was a factor on the course, but our players handled the conditions well and it felt great to shoot the lowest score of the afternoon round by seven strokes.”
After a 4-over-par 76 in round one, freshman Allyson Geer rebounded in a big way with a 4-under-par 68 to move into third place. Geer had six birdies in her second round as her 68 tied her lowest score of the season.
Junior Sarah Burnham ended the day just one shot behind Geer and is tied for fourth place. Burnham shot an even-par-72 in the first round and then a one-over-par 73 in round two to stand at 1-over-par 145 for the tournament.
Sophomore Carolyn Markley shot a pair of 3-over-par 75s to give MSU three players in the top 20. Markley is 6-over-par and stands in a tie for 18th place heading into the final round.
Junior Katie Sharp followed a 5-over-par 77 in round one with a 2-over-par 74 in round two. Her 7-over-par 151 put her in 22nd place.
The Spartans head into Sunday’s final round one stroke behind 20th-ranked Texas, which shot a 4-over-par 292 in round one and then a 9-over-par 297 in round two.
Geer is four shots behind the leader Sophia Schubert of Texas, who is 4-under-par 140, and three shots back of Erin Harper of Indiana, who is 3-under-par 141.
With a threat of inclement weather on Sunday, the final round will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.