Women’s Golf in Fourth Place After First Day of Mary Fossum Invite
Marshall tied for fourth overall; Golden Flashes two strokes out of second place
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Kent State women's golf team is part of a four-team log-jam fighting for second place at the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State at Forest Akers West Golf Course.
After finishing Saturday morning's opening round in second place, Kent State slipped to fourth, but only by two strokes. The Golden Flashes are within striking distance on Ohio State and Michigan; the host Spartans own a 20-stroke lead on the field heading into Sunday's final round.
Senior Shamira Marshall (Macedonia, Ohio) is tied for fourth overall after posting a six-over 78 following her first-round best two-under 70. Marshall's 148 has the Kent State senior knotted with four other golfers for fourth place.
In her first collegiate event, freshman Jennifer Ha (Calgary, Alberta) is tied for 12th (75-76=151), aided by five birdies on the day. Ha birdied her opening hole, the par-5 No. 2.
Senior Mandi Morrow (Kent, Ohio) got the day off to a hot start, carding three straight birdies to go three-under through seven holes. But Morrow didn't get another birdie until the par-4 No. 15 during the second round. Morrow is now tied for 16th overall (74-78=152).
Junior Jackie Yanch (Barrie, Ontario) recovered from an opening-round 80 to settle in with a four-over 76 for her second round. Yanch is now tied for 31st (80-76=156).
Rounding out Kent State's five-golfer squad, senior Mercedes Germino (Necochea, Argentina) struggled to find her groove on Saturday, despite carding two birdies through her first seven holes. Germino is tied for 35th (79-78=157) in the 66-golfer field.
Playing as an unattached individual, sophomore Erin Hawe (Walton, New Zealand) is tied for 12th overall (75-76=151). Hawe tallied seven birdies in her two rounds on Saturday.
Freshman Natalie Goodson (Hudson, Ohio), who is also playing as an individual, is tied for 55th overall (77-87=164) in her first collegiate action.
Kent State will tee off from holes 5-8 on Sunday, starting with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
T4 Shamira Marshall 70-78=148
T12 Jennifer Ha 75-76=151
T16 Mandi Morrow 74-78=152
T31 Jackie Yanch 80-76=156
T35 Mercedes Germino 79-78=157
T12 Erin Hawe* 75-76=151
T55 Natalie Goodson* 77-87=164
* Playing as unattached individuals