No. 12 Spartans Look to Defend Lady Buckeye Title
The Spartans have finished second in each of their last two tournaments.
EAST LANSING - The 12th-ranked Michigan State women’s golf team will play its final tuneup prior to the Big Ten Championship this weekend when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, for the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The Spartans, who have placed second in each of their last two tournaments, won the Lady Buckeye title last season.
The 54-hole tournament will be played at OSU’s par-72, 6,319-yard Scarlet Course. The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday beginning with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Sunday’s final round is also scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Each team will play six golfers with the top four counting toward the team score.
The Spartans will join two other top-16 teams in the Golfstat rankings at this weekend’s tournament. The entire 14-team field includes: Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, No. 16 Kent State, Maryland, No. 12 Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Oregon State, Penn State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Toledo and No. 15 Washington.
Spartans at the Lady Buckeye
The Spartans have captured six Lady Buckeye Invitational titles, the most of any school outside host Ohio State. MSU's Lady Buckeye championships under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll have come in 2005, 2011, 2013 and 2017.
MSU won last year’s event with a 25-over-par 889 (300-290-299), overtaking Texas by one stroke in the final round. Sarah Burnham was the runner-up with a 2-over-par 218 (72-73-73).
The Last Time Out: Clemson Invitational
The Spartans put together one of their best tournaments of the season with some of the best scores in program history in finishing second at the Clemson Invitational, March 23-25. The Spartans’ 20-under-par 844 (277-284-283) was the lowest 54-hole team score in program history, five shots better than the 849 the Spartans put up at the Central District Invitational in 2014. The 277 in round one is the second-lowest 18-hole team score in program history.
Individually, Allyson Geer’s 9-under-par 207 (67-70-70) tied for the lowest individual 54-hole tournament score in program history as she took runner-up accolades.
Notes and Numbers
Three Spartans enter this weekend with season averages under par, led by Sarah Burnham at 70.43, followed by Ally Geer at 71.26 and Paz Marfa Sans at 71.39 … Burnham is ranked 17th in the nation by Golfstat … Geer has placed second in each of the last two tournaments, while Burnham has been in the top-8 of all three tournaments this spring … Burnham and Marfa Sans lead the team in birdies with 91 apiece (3.96 per round) … Eight of Geer’s nine rounds in the Spartans’ three spring tournaments have been even or below par.