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No. 21 Michigan State Women's Golf Heads To Florida For Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship
Dayna Burleigh is ranked No. 78 in the nation heading into the Match Play Championship this weekend.
Dayna Burleigh is ranked No. 78 in the nation heading into the Match Play Championship this weekend.

Nov. 10, 2005

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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 21 Michigan State women's golf team concludes the fall season at the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. The event runs from Nov. 11-13 at the par-71, 6,326 yard, Mission Inn Golf Resort.

The event is a match play tournament, where 16 teams are seeded in a bracket. Whichever team wins more matches out of the five played advances to the next round. Teams are guaranteed two matches.

Teams scheduled to compete include: Arizona State, Arkansas, California-Irvine, Florida, Furman, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulane, USC, UCLA, and Washington.

Michigan State is seeded ninth and will compete against eighth-seeded Washington in the opening round. If the Spartans get past the Huskies, they will take on either top-seeded UCLA or 16th-seeded UC Irvine in the second round.

Three of the Spartans competing are among the nation's top-100 golfers. Sophomore Sara Brown (Tucson, Ariz.) is ranked No. 65 in the country heading into the event. Brown finished tied for 11th in the Spartans' last event at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate, and is leading the team with a scoring average of 74.42.

Senior Dayna Burleigh (Horsham, Pa.), ranked No. 78, has the best round of the year on the Spartan squad so far this year. Her 2-under-par 70 in the first round of the Mary Fossum Invitational helped her earn at tie for third place, her best finish of the year.

Junior Mandi McConnell (Grand Blanc, Mich.) has had some recent success in match play. The No. 99-ranked golfer captured the Michigan Women's Amateur, a match play event, this past summer.

Rounding out the lineup for the Spartans will be junior Heather Rose (Chillicothe, Ohio) and sophomore Jordyn Wells (Bethel Park, Pa.).

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