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Spartans Card Best Team Score in Second Round at NCAA East Lansing Regional, Move Up to Fourth Place

Spartans Card Best Team Score in Second Round at NCAA East Lansing Regional, Move Up to Fourth Place

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s golf team shot the best round of the second day at the NCAA East Lansing Regional at Forest Akers West on Tuesday with a 4-under-par 284 to move into fourth place in the 12-team field.

The top-five teams in the three-day, 54-hole event will advance to the NCAA Championships.

MSU’s round of 284 was the best team score on Tuesday by four strokes and tied for the second-best single round by the Spartans in an NCAA Regional. Overall, MSU is 1-under-par at 575 (291-284) for the tournament.

The fifth-seeded Spartans made a strong charge to close out the back nine, collecting six birdies and an eagle among the four counting scores in the final six holes (No. 13-18).

“That was a lot better,” said MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll after the completion of the second round, as the Spartans went from a tie for sixth place to fourth on the team leaderboard. “I felt a little bit better walking off the 18th green (today). I can always sense that we can play better. When we do things that I feel like are mistakes, you want to try and eliminate as many mistakes as possible, so today was much better.”

Top-seeded USC continues to lead the regional with a 6-under-par 570 (281-289), followed by second-seeded Northwestern (284-288—572) and fourth-seeded Pepperdine (283-290—573). Florida, the No. 3 seed, is in fifth place (287-289—576), three shots ahead of sixth-place Denver.

The second round began at 8 a.m. under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s before rising to the high-60s midway through the round. The last three groups of the day played in rainy conditions to close the round.

A day after setting a Forest Akers West Course record with a 7-under 65, USC’s Bailey Shoemaker shot a 71 to remain in first place on the individual leaderboard at 8-under 136 (65-71) through 36 holes. Notre Dame’s Lauren Beaudreau is right behind at 7-under 137 (68-69).

Senior Leila Raines led the Spartans with her best round of the season, carding a 4-under 68, which also tied for the second best by a Spartan in an NCAA Regional. She jumped up 25 places into a tie for fifth place, fueled by a team-high five birdies in addition to an eagle on the par-5 13th hole.

“It went really well for me today,” said Raines, who is 3-under 144 (73-68) through two rounds. “I hit some really good…


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