MSU Women Finish Fourth at Tar Heel Invitational
Written By: MSUSpartans.comCHAPEL HILL, N.C.
– Sophomore Sarah Burnham finished runner-up to lead the Michigan State women’s golf team to a fourth-place showing at the elite 18-team Tar Heel Invitational, which concluded Sunday afternoon on the campus of the University of North Carolina.
Burnham’s 3-under-par 213 (74-69-70) tied for the eighth-lowest 54-hole score in program history and the second-place finish was a career best. A day after shooting a 3-under 69, Burnham responded with another under-par round, firing a 70 (-2) with three birdies. She closed just one stroke behind medalist Leona Maguire of Duke (69-72-71—212), the 2014-15 WGCA and Golfweek National Player of the Year.
The Spartans carded a season-low round of 291 (+3) on Sunday and their 54-hole total of 19-over 883 (293-299-291) was also a season low. It propelled the Green and White to finish ahead of several ranked teams, including No. 2 Alabama, No. 11 Virginia, No. 14 Tennessee, No. 28 Oregon, No. 30 LSU, No. 34 South Carolina, No. 35 Auburn, No. 37 Wake Forest, No. 40 North Carolina State and No. 46 Baylor. Seventh-ranked Duke claimed the team title with a 3-over-867.
Sophomore Katie Sharp and senior Alison Knowles also posted top-20 finishes with a 6-over 222. Sharp followed up her career-low 68 in the first round with a pair of 77s in the second and third round, while Knowles shot 74-75-73.
Senior Gabby Yurik posted her best round of the tournament on Sunday with a 1-under 71, the second lowest of the day for the Spartans, and tied for 57th at 229 (77-81-71).
Freshman Carolyn Markley finished with a 237 (79-78-80).
Michigan State returns to action for its final fall tournament on Oct. 23-25 at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, North Carolina.