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Spartans Capture the Mary Fossum Invitational Title in Record Fashion

Sept. 24, 2017

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EAST LANSING - The Michigan State women's golf team captured the 34th annual Mary Fossum Invitational on Sunday at Forest Akers West with a tournament record 5-under-par 859 (285-278-296). Senior Sarah Burnham completed the tournament sweep for the Spartans as she claimed medalist honors with a 6-under-par 210.

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The Spartans shot an 8-over-par 296 on Sunday and finished 46 shots ahead of second-place Toledo, which totaled a 41-over-par 905 (296-304-305). The Spartans' 859 was one shot better than the previous tournament record set by Miami last year.

"We're happy to be able to call Mary and let her know we broke the record for lowest tournament total," said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "Sarah has been talking for a few years about how she has never won the Mary Fossum Invitational as a team, or as an individual, so to accomplish both is pretty cool.

"Anytime we get to bring this trophy back to our trophy case it's great. It's great to honor Mary with this tournament for everything she has done for our program and women's golf."

For Burnham, it was her third-career tournament win and first since the Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in 2016. She is also the first Spartan to win the Mary Fossum Invitational since Liz Nagel in 2013, while her 6-under-par 210 (70-67-73) was the lowest Fossum Invitational winning score since 2010.

Burnham ended the tournament with a 1-over-par 73 on Sunday.

"We've been in contention as team every year I've been here, so to win it as a team, and individually, means a lot to me, especially as a senior," said Burnham. "Outside of my last three holes today, I felt pretty good all weekend."

Sophomore Allyson Geer birdied three of the final four holes on Sunday to card a 1-over-par 73 and finish the tournament as the runner-up with a 3-under-par 213 (71-69-73).

Geer's classmate, Paz Marfa Sans, took third as she finished the tournament 1-over-par 217 (69-71-77), earning her second consecutive top-five finish.

Sophomore Catherine McEvoy had the top place of any Spartan playing as an individual as she registered an 8-over-par 224 (79-71-74) to take seventh -- her best career finish.

Katie Sharp (75-71-79), Carolyn Markley (78-74-73) and Yurika Tanida (74-75-76) all finished 9-over-par 225, tying for eighth place.

The Spartans combined for a tournament high 51 birdies over the three rounds on their home course, 22 more than the next closest team.

The Spartans will be back in action October 2-3 at the Windy City Intercollegiate in Highland Park, Illinois.



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