No. 9 Spartan Women's Golf Shoots A Record Round, Ties For Second At Lady Northern Invitational
Sept. 28, 2009
MADISON, Wis. - The ninth-ranked Michigan State women's golf team had two record-setting performances on Monday in the Lady Northern Invitational at Wisconsin's University Ridge Golf Course. As a team, the Spartans shot a 280 in the second round, the lowest 18-hole score in team history by six strokes. Individually, junior Aimee Neff tied a school record by carding a 4-under 68 in the second round. Overall, the Spartans tied for second at the 17-team tournament with a 14-over 878 (292-280-306).
MSU's previous team record for an 18-hole score came in 2006 when the Spartans carded back-to-back rounds of 286 at the Northwestern Invitational in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
In addition to Neff's round of 68, Laura Kueny shot a 70, and Caroline Powers and Lindsey Solberg each carded a 71. The second round was suspended after eight holes on Sunday due to inclement weather and play resumed Monday morning.
"The second-round score of 280 is very impressive, considering we beat the previous record not by one or two strokes, but by six," said MSU women's golf head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. "It's a great accomplishment and shows the potential this team has. To count all four scores under-par is really something. In the final round, the winds really picked up and we just made too many mistakes. But overall, it was a great weekend and we are leaving here with good feelings."
Neff became just the fourth player in school history to card a 68, joining Mandi McConnell, Allison Fouch and Kasey Gant. The Carmel, Ind., native shot 14 pars and four birdies en route to her record-tying round. Neff finished the tournament tied for seventh with a career-best score of 220 (77-68-75).
"Aimee deserves the record and we are so happy for her," said Slobodnik-Stoll. "She has been working hard and to accomplish the feat on a Big Ten course is something she'll always remember."
Kueny and Powers each tied for fifth place, finishing at 219. For Kueny, it marks her 12th career top-five finish, and for Powers - a true freshman - her first. Powers recorded back-to-back sub-par rounds at 71 until finishing with a 77 in the third round.
"Caroline is definitely an impressive freshman," Slobodnik-Stoll said. "She just loves being on the golf course and has a lot of fun of out there."
Sophomore Lindsey Solberg, playing in her home state, tied for 11th place with a 222 (71-71-79) to round out the team's scoring.
The Lady Northern Invitational is held each fall as a pre-cursor to the Big Ten Championships held in the spring, as the fall tournament allows the conference teams to preview the championship course. The Big Ten Championships will be held April 23-25 in Madison, Wis.
Michigan State returns to action Oct. 9-11 for the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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