YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Marshall women’s golf team won its second competition of the 2017-18 season, taking the Shirley Spork Invitational Tuesday afternoon. The Thundering Herd won the event by 16-strokes.
Four of Marshall’s five finished in the top 10. Junior Ylva Forslund came in second. Forslund fought back after shooting a 4-over 76 in the first round. She scored a 1-under 71 in round two and a 1-over 73 in the third and finished just two shots off the lead. Freshman Stormy Randazzo (Creek/Seminole) came in fourth, just six shots back.
Freshman Kerri Parks finished tied for seventh. Parks struggled through the first round with an 8-over 80, but then came roaring back with a 1-under 71 in the second round including a hole-in-one on the sixth hole. Sophomore Shelby Brauckmuller (tied for 10th) finished strong to get back into the top 10 for the third time this season.
Marshall has brought back a trophy from all three of its tournaments this fall. The Herd won the Roseanne Schwartz Invitational (Sept. 4-5), was the runner-up at the Starmount Forest Fall Classic (Oct. 2-3) and now taking the Shirley Spork Invitational.
Julia Champion of Western Michigan finished as the individual winner and Bowling Green was the runner-up in the team competition.
Head Coach Brooke Burkhammer
“This team is so awesome and fun to be around. We have something special going on right now and I’m proud to be a part of it. Now they know how good they are and can be in the future. We focus on getting a little bit better every day and that work is paying off.”
FROM THE LEADERBOARD: 10 teams and 58 players
1st – Marshall University 302+294+300=896
2 – Ylva Forslund 76+71+73=220
4 – Stormy Randazzo 72+76+76=224
T7 – Kerri Parks 80+71+76=227
T10 – Shelby Brauckmuller 77+76+75=228
T35 – Leigha Holt 77+76+87=240
Marshall will be back on the course Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 16-17, at the Bill Berg Invitational in Hayesville, N.C.