Sept. 14, 1997
MSU Freshman Wins Mary Fossum Invitational
Gant Sets Two School Records In First College Tournament, Leads Spartans To Second-Place Finish
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State freshman Kasey Gant (Fort Wayne, Ind.) exploded onto the college golf scene this weekend, setting two school records en route to medalist honors at her first college tournament, the newly named Mary Fossum Invitational at Forest Akers West.
Gant sank a breaking, 25-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give her a final-round two-under-par 70, making her just the third Spartan (and first in 13 years) to shoot a 70. Gant's three-round, even-par 216 (71-75-70) shatters current LPGA star Barb Mucha's 14-year-old school record of 219 for a three-day tournament and outdistanced the second-place finisher by six strokes.
"She has played so well," said head coach Stacy Slobodnik, who was coaching in her first tournament. "I had some good ideas about her talents, but I did not know she had the ability to play this well in her first tournament."
MSU's two-day, three-round team total of 934 put the Spartans in second place, 25 strokes behind Indiana (909) and 12 shots ahead of third-place Iowa (946). Four Spartans (Gant, April Holly, Meggan Schumaker and Ellen Bishop) finished in the top 19.
Gant's emergence highlighted a strong team showing. She had consecutive birdies on Nos. 8, 9 and 10, starting with a chip-in at No. 8. She missed just one fairway all day (No. 11).
"This is so amazing," Gant said. "I was just thinking about playing each hole as well as I could."
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