Women’s Golf Leads the Mary Fossum Invitational After Two Rounds
Sarah Burnham leads individually at 7-under-par 137.
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State women’s golf team shot a 13-under-par 563 in the opening two rounds to lead the Mary Fossum Invitational on Saturday at Forest Akers West in East Lansing. The Spartans are 37 shots ahead of second-place Toledo after a 3-under-par 285 in round one and then a 10-under-par 278 in round two.
“It was pretty exciting looking at the scoreboard and seeing the top three players for us all under par,” said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. “While it’s our home course, we don’t set it up on the easy side and I’m really proud of our team.
“It was a very exciting day for us and I’m glad we could represent MSU and Mary Fossum so well.”
Three Spartans occupy the top three spots in the individual standings and Sarah Burnham leads the field after a 7-under-par 137. Burnham fired a 2-under-par 70 in round one and followed it with a 5-under-par 67 in round two.
Sophomores Allyson Geer and Paz Marfa Sans are tied for second place after shooting identical 4-under-par 140s. Geer shot a 1-under-par 71 in round one and then a 3-under-par 69 in the second round. Marfa Sans posted a 3-under-par 69 and a 1-under-par 71 in round two.
“It’s becoming the norm for us to shoot under par,” said Slobodnik-Stoll. “We have an understanding that this is what we need to do to be successful in NCAA Division I golf and we have great ammunition to do that this year.”
Senior Katie Sharp is tied for sixth place after a 2-over-par 146. She rebounded from a 3-over-par 75 in the morning with a 1-under-par 71 in the day’s second round.
Junior Carolyn Markley is 8-over-par 152 (78-74) to round out the Spartan lineup.
Freshman Yurika Tanida leads the seven Spartans playing in the tournament as individuals after 5-over-par 149 (74-75) and is tied for 10th.
The final round of the 34th annual Mary Fossum Invitational will begin at 8:30 a.m.