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Spartans Resume Action at the Briar’s Creek Invitational

March 18, 2017

EAST LANSING - The Michigan State women’s golf team will get back into action on Monday and Tuesday (March 20-21) at the Briar’s Creek Invitational in Johns Island, South Carolina, it what will be the Spartans’ third tournament of the spring. The 54-hole tournament, hosted by the College of Charleston, will be played at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek.

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The Tournament
The fifth annual Briar’s Creek Invitational will get underway at the par-72, 6,101-yard course with a shotgun start at 8:45 a.m. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday and then 18 the following day, also beginning at 8:45 a.m. MSU has made two trips to the Briar’s Creek Invitational, placing sixth in their first trip in 2015 and then 14th last season. Florida has won the tournament each of the last two seasons.

The Field
Michigan State will join Auburn, Boston College, Campbell, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern, East Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Long Beach State, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas Tech and Wisconsin. Florida (No. 6), Miami (No. 15) and Texas Tech (No. 22) are all ranked in the latest Golfweek Top-25.

The 18-team field features 10 teams in the top 50: No. 6 Florida, No. 14 Miami, No. 27 Ohio State, No. 29 Illinois, No. 32 Texas Tech, No. 34 North Carolina, No. 41 Auburn, No. 43 Louisville, No. 44 Wisconsin and No. 49 East Carolina.

The Lineup
MSU will go with with juniors Sarah Burnham and Katie Sharp; sophomore Carolyn Markley and freshmen Paz Marfa Sans and Allyson Geer.

The Last Time Out: Central District Invitational
The Spartans placed sixth at the Central District Invitational, Feb. 20-21, the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida, with a 45-over par 909 (304-300-305). Freshman Allyson Geer (74-73-78) and junior Sarah Burnham (75-76-74) were the top Spartan finishers as both ended the tournament 8-over par to tie for 20th place. Geer’s 73 was the lowest round of the tournament by a Spartan.

Notes and Numbers
Sarah Burnham leads the Spartans with a 72.35 average in 17 rounds this season … Freshman Ally Geer, who joined the team in January, is second in average at 74.67 in six rounds … Burnham and Geer are both averaging 3.0 birdies per round, while Burnham leads MSU in total birdies this season with 51 … Seven of Burnham’s 17 rounds have been under par this season.



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