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Spartans Open the Spring Season Saturday at the UCF Challenge

Spartans Open the Spring Season Saturday at the UCF Challenge

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State’s women’s golf team opens the 2024 Spring season on Saturday, Feb. 4, playing in the UCF Challenge, hosted by the University of Central Florida at Eagle Creek Country Club in Orlando, Fla.

The three-day, 54-hole tournament will be played on Eagle Creek’s par-72, 6,367-yard course. Teams will tee off on Saturday starting at 12:15 p.m. Michigan State is paired with host UCF and Northwestern in the opening round.

The 18-team field includes eight teams ranked among the top-50 teams in the country in the latest NCAA Division I Women’s Rankings.


Dates:  Saturday, Feb. 3 – Tuesday, Feb. 6

Course:  Eagle Creek Country Club

Live Scoring: Golfstat

Par/Yardage:  72 / 6,367 yards

Format:  Stroke play, 54 holes, play five, count four

Schedule:  Saturday – Round 1; Monday – Round 2; ­Tuesday – Round 3


1. Katie Lu

2. Brooke Biermann

3. Leila Raines

4. Paula Balanzategui

5. Shannon Kennedy

IND. Ana Sofia Murcia


In addition to No. 29 Michigan State, the 18-team field includes host No. 13 UCF, Central Arkansas, Charleston, Iowa State, No. 46 Kansas, Kent State, No. 34 Kentucky, No. 48 Miami, Nebraska, No. 28 North Carolina, North Texas, No. 14 Northwestern, Old Dominion, Penn State, Texas Tech, UNCW and No. 37 Virginia Tech.






The Spartans are coming off a strong Fall season, with three top-five finishes in five events. MSU was the runner-up at its own event, the Mary Fossum Invitational, shooting a 4-over par 868. Other top-five finishes included a third place showing among 10 teams at the Glass City Invitational and a fourth-place finish among 14 teams at the Tar Heel Invitational. MSU closed the season with its best 54-hole score (7-under par 857) while finishing in sixth place at The Landfall Tradition.


Individually, junior Katie Lu was the top player for the Spartans, carrying a 70.87 scoring average with two top-five finishes and four among the top-20. She was the team’s top finisher in three events, won the Mary Fossum Invitational (3-under par 213) and tied for second place at the Glass City Invitational (4-under par 212).


Classmate Brooke Biermann appeared in all five events and was second on the team with a 72.87 scoring average. She had three top-20 finishes, a…


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