CHAPEL HILL, N.C. â€“ Junior Caroline Powers carded the best 54-hole tournament score in Michigan State womenâ€™s golf history with an 8-under 208 (69-68-71) at the Tar Heel Invitational, which concluded Sunday afternoon at UNCâ€™s Finley Golf Course. Powers, who broke the previous record of 210 shot by Rachel (Meikle) LubahnÂ at the Northwestern Invitational in April 2006, tied for second overall, just one stroke back of medalist Marta Sanz of Auburn (69-70-68â€”207).
As a team, Michigan State tied for eighth on the team leaderboard with an 877 (291-291-295). The elite 18-team tournament featured 15 teams ranked in the top 50 and eight in the top 25 of the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. No. 8 LSU claimed the team title (284-285-287â€”856).
Powers tied a single-round school record with a 68 on Saturday, and followed up that effort with a 1-under 71 on Sunday. She opened the tournament with a 69 in Fridayâ€™s first round.
The Bowling Green, Ohio, product compiled 12 birdies and one eagle throughout the tournament. Last season at the Tar Heel Invitational, Powers shot a previous career-low of 211, which is now the third-best 54-hole total in program history.
Senior Lindsey Solberg delivered her third straight round of 73 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 21st place at 219. Sophomore Allyssa Ferrell, who had back-to-back rounds of 72 entering the third round, finished with a 75 and closed at 221 to tie for 34th.
Sophomore Liz Nagel rounded out the team scoring on Sunday with a 76 and finished with a 230 (77-77-76), while Christine Meier shot a 231 (76-77-78).
The Spartans will return to action at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. on Oct. 28-30 for their final tournament of the fall season.