COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State women's golf team got its first tournament victory of the season, claiming the Lady Buckeye Invitational championship on Sunday in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans overtook No. 20 Texas by one stroke, finishing 25-over-par 889 (300-290-299) at the OSU Scarlet Course. The Spartans' 11-over-par 299 in the final round was the best score of the day, two shots better than the Longhorns, who entered Sunday in first place.
"It was extremely windy and there were some tough conditions today, but I'm so proud of all them because this win has been a long time coming," MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. "There were a few leaderboards around the course so our players knew at all times that we were right around Texas. For a team that's not as experienced, that was a big deal to be knowing where we stood all day and we were able to handle it. That makes the win even sweeter. It was just a great day all around and I'm so proud of this group.
"We've played very well the last few tournaments and today will go a long way in continuing to build our confidence."
Junior Sarah Burnham was the individual runner-up, finishing 2-over-par 218. After a 72 and 73 in rounds one and two, respectively, Burnham fired a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday, tied for the lowest score of the day.
"Sarah was so steady and so consistent all weekend and that's who she is," Slobodnik-Stoll said.
Burnham's runner-up finish was her second of the year as she also placed second at the Mary Fossum Invitational in the fall.
Freshman Allyson Geer had the best finish of her young career as she placed fifth. Geer shot a 6-over-par 78 in Sunday's final round to finish the tournament 6-over-par 222. She recorded a 4-over-par 76 in the opening round and then a career-low 4-under-par 68 in yesterday's second round to help get the Spartans into contention heading into Sunday.
Junior Katie Sharp finished the tournament 10-over-par 226 to take 16th place. Sharp shot a 3-over-par 75 on Sunday after a 77 and 74 in the first two rounds, respectively.
Sophomore Carolyn Markley took 21st place at 13-over-par 229 (75-75-79). It was her best finish since the Mary Fossum Invitational.
Freshman Paz Marfa Sans tied Burnham for the lowest round of the day on Sunday with a 1-over-par 73. She was 19-over-par 235 (80-82-73) for the tournament, taking 37th place.
Freshman Logan Otter finished 26-over-par 242 (79-79-84).
MSU now has six Lady Buckeye Invitational wins, including three since 2011. The tournament win is the 34th for the Spartans under Slobodnik-Stoll.
No. 20 Texas was one of five teams ranked in the Golfstat top 30 that finished behind the Spartans. Texas was a shot back of MSU at 26-over-par 890 (292-297-301).
Sophia Schubert of Texas won the individual title, topping Burnham by five strokes with a 3-under-par 213 (68-72-73).
MSU will return to Ohio next weekend for the Big Ten Championships, played April 21-23 at the TPC River's Bend.