CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina -- In a field packed with some top teams in the nation, the 25th-ranked Michigan State women’s golf team placed ninth at the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Spartans had their best round of the tournament on Sunday at the UNC Finley Course with a 6-over-par 294 and finished 23-over-par 887 (296-297-294).
Fifteen of the 18 teams finished over par, while No. 10 Duke won the tournament at 14-under-par 850 (271-290-289). Emilia Migliaccio of Wake Forest took individual medalist honors at 11-under-par 205.
Valery Plata had the best weekend of her rookie fall as she shot even-par 72s in all three rounds, as her even-par 216 was good for 14th place. Plata, who started on hole No.9 on Sunday, recorded two birdies and four pars over the final six holes.
Paz Marfa Sans carded a 2-over-par 74 on Sunday and like Plata, she also had two birdies and four pars over her last six holes. Marfa Sans finished the tournament 4-over-par 220 (74-72-74), tying for 23rd place.
Allyson Geer-Park had her best round of the tournament on Sunday with an even-par 72. Geer-Park started on No. 10 and had an extremely steady round with 10 consecutive pars to end the tournament. She was 7-over-par 223 (74-77-72), which put her in 39th place.
Haylin Harris finished 17-over-par 233 (77-76-80).
Yurika Tanida tied her best round of the tournament with a 4-over-par 76 on Sunday. She was 18-over-par 234 (76-82-76).
The Spartans will play one more tournament this fall, Oct. 26-28, in Wilmington, North Carolina, at The Landfall Tradition.