Spartans Tie for 10th at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational
Sarah Burnham ties for 20th and Paz Marfa Sans tied for 26th.
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina - In a field that featured eight teams in the nation’s top-30, the Michigan State women’s golf team tied for 10th place at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational with an 8-over-par 872 (297-282-293). The ninth-ranked Spartans finished Sunday’s final round at 5-over-par 293.
Sixth-ranked Duke won the tournament edged No. 2 Alabama by one stroke for the title with a 31-under-par 833.
“It was a tough field but we didn’t play like we know we’re capable of playing, which is disappointing,” said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. “But it was a learning experience and we did a lot of good things throughout the tournament, especially with Paz (Marfa Sans) shooting a course record yesterday.
“It was an eye-opener for us of what the best teams in the country are doing and knowing that we’re also capable of playing just a well. It was a good weekend overall.”
Sarah Burnham was the top-placing Spartan as she finished the tournament in 20th place at 3-under-par 213 (69-70-74).
Paz Marfa Sans had the best round of any player in the tournament in Saturday’s second round, firing a course and tournament-record 8-under-par 64. Marfa Sans finished the tournament at 1-under-par 215 (77-64-74), tying for 26th place.
Saturday’s second round marked the second time this season Marfa Sans has shot a 64, which is one shot shy of the school record.
“It’s pretty awesome to watch – she’s just learning so much,” said Slobodnik-Stoll. “She’s getting tougher and tougher mentally and her confidence continues to grow. Watching a player make six birdies in a row and nine overall is thrilling.”
Allyson Geer improved her score each day and had her best round of the tournament on Sunday with a 1-under-par 71. She finished at 1-over-par 217 (74-72-71) for the tournament, tying for 32nd place.
Katie Sharp shot a 4-over-par 76 on Sunday was 13-over-par 229 (77-76-76) for the tournament.
Carolyn Markley had her best round of the weekend on Sunday with a 2-over-par 74. She was 15-over-par 231 (78-79-74) for the tournament.
Leona Maguire of Duke claimed medalist honors with a 12-under-par 204.
MSU will play its final tournament of the fall, Oct. 27-29, at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, North Carolina.