Spartans Finish NCAA Austin Regional in Eighth Place

Sarah Burnham finishes tied for fourth place – best regional finish by a Spartan since 2012.

AUSTIN — The Michigan State women’s golf team shot a 7-over-par 295 on Wednesday in the final round of the NCAA Austin Regional at the University of Texas Golf Club. The Spartans ended the regional 18-over-par 882 (285-302-295) and in eighth place, missing the cut to advance to the NCAA Championships by finishing outside the top six.  Top-seeded Arkansas won the regional at 26-under-par 838. Texas (15-under-par 849), Auburn (5-over-par 869), Baylor (5-over-par 869), Florida (5-over-par 869) and Oklahoma (6-over-par 870) rounded out the top six.

Sarah Burnham was one of three players not on any of the six advancing teams that finished the third round tied for fourth at 4-under-par 212 (70-72-70) and were competing for an individual berth in the NCAA Championships. The three players – Burnham, BYU’s Rosie Huang and Houston’s Leonie Harm –went to a playoff to compete for the regional’s final two individual berths for the NCAA Championships.

Huang earned the region’s second NCAA Championship bid on the third playoff hole, while Burnham and Harm needed four more holes to determine who would earn the final bid. On the seventh playoff hole, Burnham was forced to drop after her approach shot went into a creek behind the green. Burnham bogeyed the hole, while Harm made par to win the hole and get the last individual NCAA Championship bid.

Burnham’s fourth-place finish was the best by a Spartan at an NCAA Regional since Lindsey Solberg tied for third in the 2012 East Regional. Burnham is one of just three players in program history to place in the top four of an NCAA Regional.

Allyson Geer carded a 2-over-par 74 on Wednesday and finished the tournament 6-over-par 222 (73-75-74), tying for 38th place.

Yurika Tanida recorded her second best 54-hole score of the season at 8-over-par 224 (72-78-74). Tanida was perfect on the back nine Wednesday, recording 10 consecutive pars to end the day as she tied for 47th.

Paz Marfa Sans was 11-over-par 227 (73-77-77), tying for 56th place. Katie Sharp was 16-over-par 232 (70-81-81).

Maria Fassi of Arkansas claimed medalist honors at 8-under-par 208.

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