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COLUMBUS, Ohio â€“ It was quite a day for the Michigan State womenâ€™s golf team.
The No. 22 Spartans won the 12-team Lady Buckeye Invitational by 17 strokes on Sunday and sophomore Caroline Powers led the way by capturing medalist honors for the first time in her career.
MSU shot a 54-hole total of 918 (303-300-315), 17 shots ahead of second-place Kent State (312-309-314â€”935). The entire tournament was played in windy conditions at the par 72, 6,275-yard Scarlet Course, with gusts on Sunday ranging from 24 to 38 mph.
It marked the 27th career tournament victory for 14th-year MSU head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, and the first of the 2010-11 season for Michigan State. The Spartans have played a demanding tournament schedule all season long, one that ranks the 11th-toughest in the nation by Golfweek.
â€œI was proud of the team because they were so resilient and tough all weekend playing in such bad weather,â€ said Slobodnik-Stoll. â€œToday was even windier than yesterday, but they stuck together and found a way to get it done and maintain the 17-stroke lead. This will definitely give us some momentum as we prepare for the Big Ten Championships next week.â€
Powers entered the final round leading the field by three strokes and held off Wisconsinâ€™s Lindsay Danielson by one shot to claim medalist honors. A product of Bowling Green, Ohio, Powers carded a 10-over 226 (75-72-79) to win the tournament.
â€œCaroline is such a talented player,â€ remarked Slobodnik-Stoll. â€œShe said afterward she always wanted to win at Ohio Stateâ€™s course, because thatâ€™s where her high school championships were, but never got the chance to hold up the first-place trophy. After today, she said it was better than winning it in high school.â€
Senior Aimee Neff and freshman Christine Meier also posted a top-five finish, tying for fourth at 230, just four shots behind Powers. Neff finished with a 78 in Sundayâ€™s final round, while Meier shot a 79. It marked a season-high finish for both Neff and Meier.
Junior Lindsey Solberg posted her second top-20 finish of the season by tying for 11th with a 234 (77-78-79), and freshman Allyssa Ferrell delivered the best finish of her young career, tying for 17th with a three-round total of 238 (79-76-83).
Senior Natalie Brehm fired a 248 (82-81-85) to tie for 52nd.
The Spartans return to action next weekend (April 22-24) for the Big Ten Championships in Glencoe, lll.