WOODBURY, Minnesota - Two near-record rounds has the Michigan State women’s golf team in first place after 36 holes at the Minnesota Invitational. The Spartans are 19-under-par 557 after a 9-under-par 279 in round one and then a 10-under-par 278 in round two at Prestwick Country Club in Woodbury, Minnesota. The Spartans lead USC (18-under-par 558) by one stroke and are ahead of third-place Louisville (12-under-par 564) by six strokes.
The 278 recorded in round two is tied for the second lowest 18 hole team score in MSU history, while the 279 in the opening round is the third lowest in program history.
“It was a great way to start the season,” said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. “We have very high goals as a team and as individuals. We started off today as we expected and there a lot of good teams here, so it was good to play well.”
Individually, sophomore Paz Marfa Sans leads the field at 9-under-par 135. Marfa Sans shot a tournament and women’s course record 8-under-par 64 in the opening round. The 64 is the second-lowest score in school history, one shot behind the 63 Sarah Burnham recorded at the 2017 Big Ten Championships.
Marfa Sans’ sensational first round included two eagles and six birdies, five of which came on the final nine holes.
“It was a great round and I’m excited for her and where she has come from,” said Slobodnik-Stoll. “She just continues to improve and it’s great to see.”
Marfa Sans followed her record opening round with a 1-under-par 71 in round two, which tied her season best from last year.
Senior Katie Sharp is tied for fifth place after a 5-under-par 139. Sharp shot a 3-under-par 69 in round and then a 2-under-par 70 in the second round.
Playing in her home state, senior Sarah Burnham rebounded from a 2-over-par 74 in round one with a 6-under-par 66 in the second round to stand in 10th place at 4-under-par 140. Burnham’s second round included nine birdies, including six on her final nine holes, as she recorded the 11th round of her career in the 60s.
Logan Otter had two of her best career rounds with an even-par 72 followed by a a 1-under-par 71 in round two. She is tied for 16th place at 1-under-par 143.
Freshman Yurika Tanida shot a 10-over-par 154 (76-78).
Allyson Geer is playing as an individual and is also 1-under-par 143 (68-75).
The final round will tee off at10:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday.