NCAA Golf News

Spartans Back in Action at the Windy City Collegiate Classic

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State’s women’s golf team is back in action for the first time in two weeks, starting play in the Windy City Collegiate Classic on Monday, Oct. 3 at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill.
The 15-team field will play 36 holes on Monday and close with 18 holes on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The tournament will be played on the par 72, 6,097-yard course at Exmoor Country Club, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on both days.


1. Brooke Biermann

2. Valery Plata

3. Shannon Kennedy

4. Paula Balanzategui

5. Katie Lu



The 15-team field includes 11 teams ranked among the top-40 in the country by Golfstat – Arizona (No. 35), Arizona State (No. 14), Duke (No. 10), Florida (No. 12), Iowa State, Michigan (No. 23), Michigan State (No. 30), Northwestern, Oregon (No. 7), Purdue, USC (No. 21), South Carolina (No. 4), Texas (No. 5), Virginia (No. 3) and Washington.





The Spartans opened the season with a pair of top-five finishes in two tournaments, tying for fifth place among 18 teams at the Cougar Classic on Sept. 13 and then placing fifth among 14 teams on Sept. 20. at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, hosted by Tennessee.


Fifth year Valery Plata is coming off a tie for 13th place at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship where she posted a 2-under par 211. Through two events, she has a 70.83 scoring average.


Sophomore Shannon Kennedy, who posted rounds of 3-under par 68 and 1-over par 72 while playing as an individual at the Mercedes-Benz event, will make her first appearance in the line up this week.


Freshman Paula Balanzategui, who advanced to the round of 16 in match play at the R&A British Junior Amateur in Scotland over the summer, will make her debut in the lineup.


Sophomore Katie Lu has a 73.17 scoring average in six rounds, with a tie for 24th place at 1-under par 212 at the season-opening Cougar Classic.


This is the third time MSU will play in the Windy City Classic.  The Spartans finished in 12th place among 15 teams last year, with Valery Plata tying for 14th place (8-over par 224) and Brooke Biermann tying for 19th place (9-over par 225). The team’s best finish was a third-place showing in 2007, with Sarah Burnham and Paz Marfa Sans each…


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