Michigan State women's golf dominates day 2 at NCAA regionals

Michigan State's Leila Raines tees off on the 10th hole during the NCAA women's golf regional on
Michigan State's Leila Raines tees off on the 10th hole during the NCAA women's golf regional on / Nick King/Lansing State Journal / USA

Michigan State women's golf is in the midst of its NCAA tournament run as the Spartans play host to their portion of the NCAA regionals at Forest Akers West golf course in East Lansing. The three-day tournament puts 12 teams against each other vying for five spots into the NCAA Championship round.

Michigan State got off to an OK start on Monday in round one but found themselves just outside the top five in sixth place. However, day two was a remarkable day for Michigan State and the Spartans now find themselves in a position to qualify for the NCAA Championships with one round to play.

Michigan State has only under-par score in round 2

Head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll led her team to the best day out of all 12 teams on Tuesday by far. The Spartans shot a 4-under-par team score, which is four better than the next-best team at even-par. MSU was led by Leila Raines who shot a 4-under 68 which was the lowest individual score of the day. This puts Raines tied for fifth place overall at 3-under par for the tournament.

This amazing performance by Michigan State moved them to 1-under-par for the tournament which shot them all the up to fourth place in the standings as they had into the final round on Wednesday. USC leads the way at 6-under par followed by Northwestern and Pepperdine at 4-under and 3-under respectively. The Spartans are four shots clear of sixth place Denver, who currently is the first time out of qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

Four shots is not very much in team golf, so the Spartans are going to have to be at their best on Wednesday if they are going to qualify. But if they have another day like they did on Tuesday, then they should have nothing to worry about.