April 29, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State's women's golf team has its sights set on a top-five finish at this weekend's Big Ten Championship in State College, Pa. The four-round tournament begins Friday on Penn State's Blue Course with 36 holes Friday, May 1, and 18 holes each Saturday and Sunday.
"Our goal at the beginning of the season was to finish in the top five, and that goal is still there," said head coach Stacy Slobodnik, the captain and top finisher from the last Spartan team to place in the top five, in 1994. "The Big Ten teams have been playing very well, but this is a new slate and we are focused on this weekend."
Leading the Spartans into the championship is freshman Kasey Gant (Fort Wayne, Ind.), in pursuit of Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. Gant leads the Spartans and stands 11th in the conference with a 77.7 stroke average. She won a pair of tournaments in the fall - including her first outing in the Mary Fossum Invitational - and has not shot over 80 in a round since March 10.
The Spartans will need Gant to shoot well and receive strong performances from the rest of Slobodnik's golfers to improve upon last season's seventh-place Big Ten finish. Junior Meggan Schumaker (Columbia City, Ind.) also has a stroke average under 80 at 79.8. Juniors Ellen Bishop (New Castle, Ind.), Kellie Dennis (Jackson, Mich.) and April Holly (Royal Oak, Mich.) make up the rest of MSU's regular lineup.