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Women’s Golf Plays at the Briar’s Creek Invitational on Monday

Women’s Golf Plays at the Briar’s Creek Invitational on Monday

East Lansing, Mich. – Michigan State’s women’s golf team plays its third event of the spring campaign over the weekend at the Briar’s Creek Invitational, being hosted by the College of Charleston at the Briar’s Creek Golf Club at St. Johns in South Carolina.

The 18-team field includes 11 teams ranked among the top-75 in the country in the latest NCAA women’s golf rankings. Michigan State is paired with Charleston, Florida and UCF in the opening round.


Dates:  Monday, March 10 – Tuesday, March 11

Course:  The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek

Live Scoring: Golfstat

Par/Yardage:  72 / 6,367 yards

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

Schedule:  Monday – Rounds 1 & 2; ­Tuesday – Round 3


1. Brooke Biermann

2. Katie Lu

3. Paula Balanzategui

4. Shannon Kennedy

5. Leila Raines

IND. Valentina Rossi


In addition to No. 35 Michigan State, the 18-team field includes Boston College Campbell, Charleston (No. 59), Florida (No. 10), Georgetown, Illinois (No. 67), Maryland (No. 37), Miami (No. 48), Nebraska (No. 68), NC State (No. 65), Old Dominion, Penn State, Purdue (No. 26), Rutgers, UCF (No. 17) and Wisconsin (No. 69).






Michigan State has played in two events so far this spring, placing ninth of 18 teams at the UCF Challenge on Feb. 6, posting a 3-over par 867 team score. Junior Katie Lu led the way for the Spartans, tying for eighth place at 5-under par 211 (70-70-71).


Two weeks later, MSU hosted the Spartan Sun Coast Invitational at the Palm Aire Champions Course and tied for eighth place among 15 teams at 14-over par 590 in the rain-shortened event. Junior Brooke Biermann shot an even-par 144 (70-74) and tied for 11th place to lead the team.


Overall this year, Lu leads the team with a 71.05 scoring average over 20 rounds, with two top-5 finishes, three among the top-10 and five top-20 in seven events. Biermann, who has four top-20 finishes and one among the top-10, is second on the team with a 72.60 scoring average.


Senior Leila Raines is third on the team with a 73.39 scoring average and sophomore Paula Balanzategui is fourth at 74.15, but has a 72.80 scoring average through five rounds this spring.


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