MSU women's golf claims Lady Buckeye Invitational
The MSU women's golf team earned its first tournament victory of the season on Sunday after claiming the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
The Spartans beat out No. 20 Texas by a single stroke and finished 25-over-par 889 (300-290-299) at Ohio State's Scarlet Course. Texas entered Sunday in first place, but an 11-over par final round clinched the victory for MSU.
According to a release by MSU Athletic Communications, head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll was proud her team overcame unfavorable weather conditions to take home the win.
“It was extremely windy and there were some tough conditions today, but I’m so proud of all them because this win has been a long time coming,” Slobodnik-Stoll said in the release. “There were a few leaderboards around the course so our players knew at all times that we were right around Texas. For a team that’s not as experienced, that was a big deal to be knowing where we stood all day and we were able to handle it. That makes the win even sweeter. It was just a great day all around and I’m so proud of this group."
Junior Sarah Burnham finished as the individual runner-up and finished 2-over-par 218. Burnham shot a 72 in the first round and a 73 in the second, and she finished 1-over on Sunday to tie for the lowest score of the day.
“Sarah was so steady and so consistent all weekend and that’s who she is,” Slobodnik-Stoll said.
Freshman Allyson Geer placed fifth overall and shot a career-best 6-over-par 222. Geer also shot a career-low 4-under-par 68 on Saturday.
Junior Katie Sharp and sophomore Carolyn Markley also finished in the top-25. Sharp took 16th overall and shot 10-over-par 226 and Markley took 13-over par 229.
Sunday's win marks MSU's third at Ohio State since 2011 and sixth in program history. Slobodnik-Stoll earned her 34th tournament win as the Spartans' head coach.
Texas was one of five Golfstat top-30 ranked opponents to finish behind MSU during the weekend. Longhorn Sophia Schubert, however, took home the individual title with a 3-under-par 213.
MSU will return to Ohio next weekend for the Big Ten Championships, which run from April 21-23 at TPC River's Bend.
“We’ve played very well the last few tournaments and today will go a long way in continuing to build our confidence," Slobodnik-Stoll said.