PARRISH, Fla. â€“ The Michigan State womenâ€™s golf team took fifth place at the Central District Invitational Tuesday with a three-round final score of 887 (295-294-298). The Spartans hosted the 12th annual tournament, which featured 15 teams, at the River Wilderness Country Club.
MSU finished just five shots back of tournament champion TCU, who claimed first with an 18-over 882 (297-289-296). No. 25 Oklahoma placed second with an 883, followed by No. 5 Vanderbilt in third (884) and No. 7 LSU in fourth (885) in a team race that went right down to the wire.
The No. 26 Spartans placed the highest out of the six participating Big Ten teams, and also finished ahead of No. 6 North Carolina.
Oklahoma sophomore Chirapat Jao-Javanil took home medalist honors by two shots with a 4-under 212 (68-70-74).
Christine Meier posted her third career top-10 finish and second straight at the CDI by tying for sixth place; Meier tied for 10th as a freshman last season. The sophomore from Rochester Hills, Mich., had a 2-over 218 (72-73-73) after carding a 1-over 73 on Tuesday. Meir had four birdies on the day and 10 for the tournament. Meierâ€™s total of 218 was her best career 54-hole score at MSU.
Caroline Powers finished in 15th with a 221. After shooting an opening round 71, Powers registered back-to-back rounds of 75 to close at 5-over par.
Sophomore Allyssa Ferrell placed in the top 20 for the third time of her career, tying for 16th. Ferrell compiled a career-best round of 70 in the second round after carding a first-round score of 77. She had a 75 in the third round to finish with a 6-over 222, which marked her second-best 54-hole total as a Spartan.
Lindsey Solberg also shot a 75 on Tuesday and tied for 38th place overall at 229 (75-79-75).
Freshman Jenny Sritgragul posted a 232 (79-76-77) to tie for 54th.
The Michigan State womenâ€™s golf team returns to tournament action for the Liz Murphey Invitational (March 30-April 1) in Athens, Ga.