Two Spartans Place in the Top Five at the UCF Challenge; Spartans take Seventh

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ORLANDO, Florida – The Michigan State women’s golf team completed its first tournament of the spring season on Tuesday by taking seventh place at the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. The 30th-ranked Spartans finished at 7-under-par 857 (285-283-289), just two shots out of the top five.

Sixth-ranked Vanderbilt won the tournament at 23-under-par 841 (283-277-281), while No. 10 Kent State and No. 27 Miami tied for third at 15-under-par 849.

The Spartans were led by junior Allyson Geer-Park and sophomore Yurika Tanida, who took fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Geer-Park was under par in all three rounds and finished 8-under-par 208 (68-70-70), which was just three shots out of first place. Geer-Park turned in her second straight 2-under-par 70 in Tuesday’s final round with the help of two birdies over the final three holes. For the tournament, she recorded 11 birdies and just two bogeys.

A day after her career-best 5-under-par 67, Tanida shot the second-lowest round of the day by any player with a 4-under-par 68. Tanida picked up seven birdies for the second straight day to help her move up seven spots from Monday and into the top five at 7-under-par 209 (74-67-68).

Paz Marfa Sans shot a 3-over-par 75 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 5-over-par 221 (74-72-75) and tied for 63rd place.

Freshmen Valery Plata and Haylin Harris both turned in 4-over-par 76s in the final round and both finished the tournament at 6-over-par 222.

In her first career action as a Spartan, rookie Sydney Naro shot an even-par 72 for the second straight day. Naro was 5-over-par 221 (77-72-72) in playing as an individual.

Michigan State will be back in action Feb. 17-19 at the Allsate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana.