Spartans Take Fifth at the Big Ten Championships

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MAINEVILLE, Ohio – The Michigan State women’s golf team took fifth place at the 2019 Big Ten Championships. The Spartans were 5-under-par 283 in Sunday’s final round at TPC River’s Bend and finished 4-over-par 580 (297-283), in the event which was shortened to 36 holes to due to rain and poor course conditions on Saturday.

The 19th-ranked Spartans were six strokes off the lead going into the final round and their push on Sunday pulled them to within two of the trio of teams in second place (Indiana, Illinois, Purdue). Ohio State won the title at 1-under-par 575.

It marked the 19th time in the last 20 seasons that the Spartans finished the conference championships in the top five.

Junior Paz Marfa Sans led the Spartans with her best finish ever at the league championships, placing fourth at 3-under-par 141 (74-67).

Marfa Sans shot a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday, which tied for the second-lowest round of the day. She was 4-under-par at the turn and then picked up two more birdies on the back nine.

Allyson Geer-Park tied for 18th place at 2-over-par 146 (74-72). On Sunday, the junior was 2-over-par with four holes to play and picked up two birdies and two pars to end her round with an even-par 72.

In her first conference championships appearance, Sydney Naro finished tied for 22nd place at 3-over-par 147 (75-72). Naro picked up three birdies on the back nine on Sunday to finish with an even-par 72.

Freshman Valery Plata tied for 42nd place at 7-over-par 151 (74-77).

Haylin Harris improved on her first-round score by eight strokes on Sunday, turning in an even-par 72. The rookie ended the tournament 8-over-par 152 (80-72).

Yurika Tanida was also 8-over-par 152 (78-74), tying Harris for 51st place.

Next up for the Spartans will be the NCAA Regionals, May 6-8, which MSU will host at Forest Akers West. The entire field for the NCAA Tournament will be unveiled this Wednesday.