MSU women's golf finishes 19th at NCAA Championships
The MSU women’s golf team wrapped up its season in Sugar Grove, Illinois at the NCAA Championships. The Spartans shot 74-over-par for the tournament, leading them to place 19th overall in the nation as their season concluded May 22. The field consisted of 24 teams.
"No matter what happened today we had an incredible spring and a great experience at the national championships," MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said to MSU Athletic Communications. "We have two freshmen and they were able to get a taste of what it's like at the NCAAs. We played as hard as we could and realized that we could compete with any of the teams that got to match play."
While the Spartans came into the tournament with high expectations, they finished behind a couple of Big Ten teams. The result came despite winning the Big Ten Championships earlier this season.
Without a single senior on the roster this year, next season looks to have high hopes. Returning will be junior Sarah Burnham, freshman Allyson Geer, sophomore Carolyn Markley, redshirt-junior Katie Sharp and freshman Paz Marfa Sans.
Burnham led the Spartans with a 13-over-par finish placing 24th overall in the tournament. Geer placed 45th overall in her first trip to the NCAA Championships, shooting 15-over-par. Markley shot 24-over-par, tying for 91st place overall. Sharp shot 26-over par.
For the second straight year, Burnham was also named to the honorable mention All-America team. She continued her stellar play in 2016-17, earning Big Ten Player of the Year honors, as well.