EAST LANSING – The Michigan State women’s golf team is in command of the 36th Mary Fossum Invitational after two rounds as the Spartans shot 12-over-par 588 (298-290) under cloudy and breezy conditions Sunday at Forest Akers West. The Spartans lead second-place Western Kentucky by 20 strokes.
Individually, Spartans occupy the top four spots. Paz Marfa Sans leads the tournament at 2-under-par 142 (73-69). She’s followed by a pair of Spartans playing as individuals in Valery Plata, who is even-par 144 (69-75), and Catherine McEvoy, who’s 1-over-par 145 (76-69). Yurika Tanida is tied for fourth place at 2-over-par 146 (73-73).
Marfa Sans, who made the turn in Sunday’s final round at 1-under-par, made three pars and two birdies over the final five holes to pull into the lead and record her lowest round of the young season at 3-under-par 69.
“She had a really nice day today,” MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll said. “I had the opportunity to walk with her for several holes and I think she was getting a little anxious toward the end. I’m just happy for her, I know she worked very hard this summer. It’s always great to see kids shooting under par.”
Plata was the only player to record a round in the 60s to begin the day, carding a career-best 3-under-par 69. McEvoy also shot a 3-under-par 69, doing so in the second round for the best score of her career.
“That was awesome,” Slobodnik-Stoll said. “A good team always has players pushing each other and wanting to get into the lineup, so it’s going to be an exciting day for us tomorrow.”
Tanida, who was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week on Wednesday, was steady all day with a pair of 1-over-par 73s.
Haylin Harris gives the Spartans five players in the top 10 as she’s tied for sixth place at 5-over-par 149 (76-73).
Allyson Geer-Park is tied for 16th place at 8-over-par 152 (77-75), while Nina Rissi is 10-over-par 154 (76-78) and tied for 20th.
The final round of the tournament will get underway with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. on Monday.