Spartans in Third After Day One of the NCAA Austin Regional

AUSTIN, Texas — The Michigan State women’s golf team got off to a quality start at the NCAA Austin Regional with a 3-under-par 285 in Monday’s opening round at the University of Texas Golf Club. The Spartans are in third place, one shot back of the region’s top seed, Arkansas, and four shots back of the second seed and host Texas. MSU, which is seeded third in the region, is currently three strokes up on Virginia Tech and Baylor, which are tied for fourth place.

Seniors Katie Sharp and Sarah Burnham are tied for sixth place after each carded a 2-under-par 70.

For Sharp, it was her second-best outing of the season and it marked her second 70 in her last four rounds.

Sharp started her round by birdying three of the first five holes. She made the turn at 3-under-par and then parred five straight holes. She birdied No. 15 and then bogeyed the next two holes before ending the day with a par.

After a birdie on No. 8, Burnham made the turn at even par and the Big Ten Player of the Year birdied three of the next six holes, but ended her day with a bogey on No. 18.

Freshman Yurika Tanida had the best round of her career with an even-par 72. Tanida had three birdies on the front nine and was 1-under-par at the turn. She bogeyed the 11th and 17 holes, but ended her day with a birdie on the par-4 18th and is tied for 23rdplace.

Sophomores Allyson Geer and Paz Marfa Sans are tied for 32nd place. Geer was 1-under-par at the midway point and finished at 1-over-par 73, while Marfa Sans was 3-over-par at the turn but shaved two strokes on the back nine with the help of three birdies.

Maddie Szeryk of Texas A&M leads the field after a 4-under-par 68.

The top six teams from each of the four 18-team regions will qualify for the NCAA Championships. The 54-hole tournament at the 6,341-yard course will continue on Tuesday with round two. The Spartans are slated to tee off between 11-11:30 a.m. ET.

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