No. 9 Women’s Golf Heads to North Carolina for the Tar Heel Invitational
The Spartans have placed in the top five in each of their previous three tournaments.
EAST LANSING - After a week off from competition, the ninth-ranked Michigan State women’s golf team will travel to North Carolina for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational. The three-day, 54-hole tournament begins Friday and will be played at the par-72, 6,379-yard UNC Finley Golf Course.
“It’s always a great field and a tournament we really enjoy,” said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. “They have a great sponsor in Ruth’s Chris as well. It’s always a very competitive field and it will be just another great test for us. It’s a bonus that we get to see some former Spartans in Tulane coach Lorne Don and UNC assistant Aimee Neff.”
The 42nd annual Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational will feature a talented field with 14 of the 18 teams having participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. Eight of the 18 teams are ranked in the top 30 of the most recent Golfweek/Sagarin rankings as No. 9 Michigan State will join No. 2 Alabama, No. 1 Arkansas, No. 6 Duke, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, N.C. State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Rollins, No. 14 South Carolina, Tulane, UNCW, No. 16 Vanderbilt, No. 24 Virginia, Virginia Tech and No. 28 Wake Forest
Ten of the top-20 ranked players in the Golfweek individual rankings will be taking part in the tournament.
At 6,379 yards, the UNC Finley Golf Course sets up as the longest course the Spartans will have played so far this season. The course was designed by Tom Fazio.
Eighteen holes will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with tee times on holes No. 1 and No. 10 starting at 8:51 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and a 9:15 a.m. shotgun start on Sunday.
Spartans at the Tar Heel Invitational
MSU is making its ninth consecutive trip to the Tar Heel Invitational. The Spartans’ best finish came in their first appearance in 2009 when they won the tournament. No Spartan has captured medalist honors at the event, but Sarah Burnham came close as the runner-up in 2015.
The Last Time Out
The Spartans got their third top-three finish of the fall at the Windy City Collegiate Championship in Highland Park, Illinois, Oct. 2-3. The Spartans took third with a 14-over-par 866. Sarah Burnham and Paz Marfa Sans both tied for third place at 4-under-par 209 after shooting below or even par in all three rounds of the tournament.
Burnham and Marfa Sans Off to Spectacular Starts
Senior Sarah Burnham and sophomore Paz Marfa Sans have both delivered tremendous performances through the first month of the season. Burnham, who won the Mary Fossum Invitational with a 6-under-par 210 on Sept. 24, is currently ranked 13th in Golfweek’s collegiate individual rankings. Seven of her nine rounds this season have been at or below par and she has a 69.89 average.
Marfa Sans, currently ranked 27th by Golfweek, has placed in the top five of all three tournaments, including third in each of the last two outings. Like Burnham, seven of her nine rounds have been at or below par and she currently has a 70.56 average.
Michigan State will close the fall schedule with The Landfall Tradition, Oct. 27-29, in Wilmington, North Carolina.