Spartans Take Second at Buckeye Invitational, Laura Kueny Claims Medalist Honors

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 COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior Laura Kueny won her second career tournament by claiming medalist honors Sunday afternoon at the Buckeye Invitational with a score of 11-over 227 (78-76-73), edging Ohio State’s Rachel Rohanna by one stroke. Kueny led the No. 10 Spartans to a second-place finish, 14 shots behind host and 21st-ranked Ohio State .

 

As a team, MSU closed with a score of 933 (317-314-302). Michigan State ’s round of 302 on Sunday was the lowest single-round by any team in the tournament.

 

Kueny’s carded a 1-over 73 in the final round, tying for the best single-round of any player along with teammate Lindsey Solberg. Kueny shot a 2-over 38 on the front nine, but she opened the back nine with back-to-back birdies. She then got par on four straight holes before bogeying the 16th. Kueny finished with consecutive pars to beat out Rohanna, who closed with a 76 on Sunday.

 

Kueny’s first tournament victory arrived at the 2007 Fossum Invitational in East Lansing .

 

Solberg bounced back from her opening rounds of 80 and 81 to shoot a 73 on Sunday, jumping her to a tie for sixth on the leaderboard. Solberg finished the tournament with a 234 for her third career top-five finish and second of the season.

 

Aimee Neff posted her 16th career top-20 placing by tying for 17th with a 238 (77-80-81).

 

Shannon Warner’s 77 and Caroline Powers’ 79 each counted toward the team score on Sunday. For the tournament, Warner tied for 26th at 241 (86-78-77) and Caroline Powers tied for 36th at 244 (82-83-79).

 

Finishing sixth on the team was Natalie Brehm, who carded a 247 (87-80-80) for the tournament to tie for 44th.

 

Michigan State returns to action for the Big Ten Championships next week (April 23-25) in Madison , Wis.

Kueny edges Ohio State ’s Rachel Rohanna by one stroke to win her second career tournament.  Photo courtesy of MSU SID.

Kueny edges Ohio State ’s Rachel Rohanna by one stroke to win her second career tournament. Photo courtesy of MSU SID.