SUGAR GROVE, Illinois - A day after play was cancelled due to inclement weather, the Michigan State women’s golf team returned to action on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Spartans matched their opening-round score on Sunday with a 29-over-par 317 and are 58-over-par 634 for the tournament, tied for 17th place.
With Saturday’s round cancelled, the format of the tournament altered and the final round of stroke play will now be on Monday. The top-eight teams after Monday’s final round will advance to the match play quarterfinals on Tuesday. The individual medalist will also be determined following the 54 holes.
The Spartans are currently 15 strokes behind the eighth-place team, Miami, which is 43-over par 619. Northwestern leads the 24-team field at 23-over-par 599.
“We still have one day left and hopefully we’ll have a good Spartan day tomorrow and see what can happen, because I think with the wind and this golf course, anything can happen,” MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. “I think we still have an opportunity. Certainly, no matter what happens, we want to walk off this golf course feeling good about what we did.”
Freshman Allyson Geer leads all Spartans after two rounds at 10-over-par 154 (76-78) and is tied for 32nd place. Geer began the day on the 10th hole and after going 4-over-par in the opening nine holes, she parred eight of the final nine to card a 6-over-par 78.
Junior Sarah Burnham is two shots back of Geer, tied for 45th place, at 12-over-par 156 (79-77). Her 5-over-par 77 and two birdies led all Spartans on Sunday.
Redshirt junior Katie Sharp and sophomore Carolyn Markley are both 20-over-par 164 after two rounds and are tied for 101st place. Sharp shot an 11-over-par 83 on Sunday, while Markley made the biggest gain of any Spartan over round one, improving by six strokes to card a 7-over-par 79.
Freshman Paz Marfa Sans stands at 23-over-par 167 (81-86).
Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest leads all individuals, as she is even-par 144 after two rounds.
The Spartans will begin teeing off at 8:51 a.m. ET on Monday.
The Golf Channel will carry live coverage of Monday’s final round of stroke play from 4-8 p.m. ET.