Oct. 12, 1997

Women's Golf Claims Third at Lady Kat Invitational

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Freshman Kasey Gant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) captured her second individual championship of the fall season, leading the Spartans to a third-place finish at the 18-team Lady Kat Invitational in Lexington, Ky.

The third-place finish marks Michigan State's fourth top five finish of the fall season (in five competitions). MSU finished with a 300-309-312=921, four strokes behind second-place Purdue and just nine shots off the pace set by host Kentucky.

Gant's three-day total of 222 included a first-day 69, which broke the previous school record of 70 she shared with two other golfers. Three players tied for second with 224s. Gant had won the Mary Fossum Invitational in September, her first college tournament

The Spartans received strong support from junior Meggan Schumaker (Columbia City, Ind.), who continues to impress each week. She improved on her previous career-best 229, firing a 228 to tie for seventh place. Junior Ellen Bishop (New Castle, Ind.) was the third Spartan in the top 20, as her 77-78-78=233 was good for a tie for 19th as well as a personal best for three rounds.

Michigan State returns to action Oct. 24-25 in Bonita Bay, Fla., to wrap up the fall season.

TOP 10 TEAM STANDINGS
 1. Kentucky                303 298 311 912
 2. Purdue                  302 306 309 917
 3. Michigan State          300 309 312 921
 4. Penn State              307 316 299 922
 5. Vanderbilt              304 313 318 935
 6. College of Charleston   312 308 319 939
 7. Arkansas                312 310 320 942
 8. Notre Dame              302 320 321 943
 9. Appalachian State       314 325 314 953
10. Michigan                308 321 325 954
MSU GOLFERS
  1.    Kasey Gant          69  77  76  222
 T7.    Meggan Schumaker    75  76  77  228
T19.    Ellen Bishop        77  78  78  233
T46.    April Holly         79  78  83  240
T59.    Kellie Dennis       83  80  81  244