Women's Golf Kicks-Off Spring Slate With the Florida State Match-Up
The Spartans open the spring schedule in Tallahassee.
EAST LANSING -The Michigan State women's golf team will play its first tournament of the spring this weekend as the Spartans travel to Tallahassee, Florida, for the Florida State Match-Up. The tournament will run Friday-Sunday and take place at the par-72, 6,260-yard Don Veller Seminole Golf Course.
"We have a job to do and need to get it done in the next six tournaments to be where we want to be -- the NCAA Tournament -- at the end of the season," MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. "We're looking forward to the competition this weekend; it's a good mix of teams and will be good test.
"We have to go out and preform and take it one shot, one hole at a time to get to where we want to be in April."
The Florida State Match-Up is a 54-hole stroke play event. Each team in the field plays the first two rounds with their partner, or "match-up" team, which for the Spartans will be Minnesota. In the final round, players will be paired based on score.
After every round, the best four scores and the worst score from the partner teams to make a "match-up" score. Trophies will be presented to the tournament winner and then both partner teams that win the "match-up" scoring.
The 12-team tournament field includes four teams that finished the fall ranked in the Golfweek Top-25, including No. 3 Florida State, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 21 Oklahoma and No. 25 Texas A&M. Virginia, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, South Florida, Coastal Carolina, Notre Dame, Minnesota and MSU round out the field.
The match-ups will be as follows: Michigan State-Minnesota, Florida State-Texas A&M, South Carolina-Virginia, Notre Dame-Oklahoma, Middle Tennessee State-South Florida and Missouri-Coastal Carolina.
The Spartans will go with juniors Sarah Burnham and Katie Sharp; sophomore Carolyn Markley; and freshmen Paz Marfa Sans and Allyson Geer.
More on the Newest Spartan
The Spartans added a new face to the roster as the calendar year turned to 2017 with Allyson Geer joining the team. Geer brings a long list of accomplishments to East Lansing as she has been the top-ranked junior golfer in Michigan since 2013. The Brighton native won each of the last two Michigan Amateur Championships and was the 2016 Golf Association of Michigan Women's Player of the Year. She entered MSU ranked 12th in the Golfweek Girls Junior National Rankings.
Recapping The Fall
Sarah Burnham led the Spartans in the fall with a 71.45 scoring average. She helped MSU to its best finish of the fall -- second -- at the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 3-under par 213. Her 68 at the Tar Heel Invitational was the lowest round of the fall by a Spartan.
Injuries and illnesses forced the Spartans to have three different lineups in their four fall tournaments. Paz Marfa Sans, Carolyn Markley and Sarah Burnham were the only three Spartans to play every round of all four tournaments.