EAST LANSING – The Michigan State women’s golf team will officially open the 2021 spring season on Sunday with the UCF Challenge at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida. The 54-hole event will take place Sunday-Tuesday, with 18 holes per day.
The highly-competitive 17-team field includes Arkansas, College of Charleston, Houston, Iowa State, Kennesaw State, Kent State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, NC State, Penn State, Purdue, UCF, UNC-Wilmington, Virginia and Wake Forest.
Michigan State will go with Valery Plata, Haylin Harris, Yurika Tanida, Leila Raines and Paz Marfa Sans. The Spartans will tee off between 9:40 – 10:20 a.m. on Sunday.
The par-72 Eagle Creek Golf Club will play at 6,349-yards. The course was designed by world-renowned golf course architects Ron Garl and Howard Swan.
The Spartans had one of their best outings of last season at the UCF Challenge as MSU took second place as a team, while Yurika Tanida tied for second place with a 7-under-par 209. As a team, the Spartans shot a 15-under-par 849, which was the third-lowest total in program history. This will mark the third consecutive season the Spartans will compete in the UCF Challenge.
A trio of Spartans – Valery Plata, Haylin Harris and Yurika Tanida – were named to the Preseason Big Ten Golfers to Watch List … MSU returns three All-Big Ten performers from last season, including the 2020 Player of the Year in Plata … Tanida (first team) and Paz Marfa Sans (second team) also garnered all-conference honors last season … Plata reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur in August and was one of three Spartans to compete in the event, which also included Harris and Tanida … MSU welcomes a pair of freshmen for this season in Leila Raines (Galena, Ohio) and Valentina Rossi (Rosario, Argentina).