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Michigan State's Sarah Burnham Named to Women's Golf All-Big Ten First Team

MSU women's golf 1st team All Big Ten member Sarah Burnham.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

MSU women's golf 1st team All Big Ten member Sarah Burnham. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Katie Sharp picks up second-team honors.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State sophomore Sarah Burnham has been named first-team All-Big Ten, while redshirt sophomore Katie Sharp has been selected to the second team, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

Burnham has led the Spartans all year and is currently on pace to set the MSU single-season scoring record. Her average of 72.40 is on track to eclipse the current record of 73.53 established by Caroline Powers during the 2010-11 season.

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In addition to scoring average, Burnham also ranks first on the team in birdies (109), under-par rounds (14) and top-10 finishes (6). She is ranked No. 31 in the nation by Golfstat and No. 39 by Golfweek after tying for seventh place at the Big Ten Championships with a 4-under-par 212, which was the lowest 54-hole score by a Spartan at the conference tournament and tied for the eighth-lowest overall in school history.

Burnham's stellar season includes the best single-round ever at Michigan State when she shot a 66 both at the Mary Fossum Invitational in September and the Landfall Tradition in October. The Maple Grove, Minnesota, native claimed medalist honors at the Landfall Tradition (October) and Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (February), placed runner-up at the Tar Heel Invitational (October) and Lady Buckeye Invitational (April), and tied for third at the Mary Fossum Invitational (September).

Sharp has improved significantly in her second year in the lineup, lowering her scoring average from 77.14 to 74.77 (-2.37). She is also second on the team in scoring and under-par rounds (6), and third in birdies (67). Her top moment this season came at the Clemson Invitational (April 1-3), where she won her first career tournament by shooting a career-low 208 (-8), which tied for the second-lowest 54-hole score in program history. Sharp owns four top-20 finishes, including a fifth-place showing in the season-opening Mary Fossum Invitational in September.

Sharp was also named the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient for Michigan State.

Over the last 19 years, Slobodnik-Stoll's players have earned All-Big Ten honors 41 times, including 25 first-team selections.

The Spartans, who will be playing in the NCAA Regionals for the 17th time in the past 18 seasons, return to action for the Stanford Regional on May 5-7.