Fossum/Spartan Invitational

From a modest beginning in 1966, the Fossum/Spartan Invitational has developed into a showcase of fine collegiate golf. In 1996, the tournament celebrated its 30th anniversary and was added to the College Golf Foundation/Rolex Golf Tour as one of the top 75 collegiate golf tournaments.

The tournament annually draws some of the top collegiate golfing talent in the nation to the Forest Akers West Course.

2009 Fossum/Spartan Invitational Champions


The Fossum/Spartan Invitational began in 1966 with eight schools participating and grew to 25 teams in the late 1970s. In 1998 and 2008, Michigan State did not host the Fossum Invitational because the Big Ten Championship was held at Forest Akers West.*

Bruce Fossum - Michigan State Men's Golf Coach (1966-89)


The tournament was renamed in 1992 in honor of Bruce Fossum, longtime Spartan coach and teacher. Among his many coaching laurels is his induction into the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame in 1985. Fossum's wife, Mary (MSU's former women's golf coach), was inducted into the hall in 1988, making the pair the only husband-wife team in the GCAA Hall of Fame. Bruce was the chairman of the NCAA Golf Committee from 1971 to 1975 and president of the Golf Coaches Association of America from 1977 through 1979.

Michigan State has won the title 11 times, including three of the last four held in 2007, 2009, 2010 (fall) and 2010 (spring), in the 44-year existence of the Fossum/Spartan Invitational.

Fossum/Spartan Invitational History

YEAR TEAM CHAMPION SCORE INDIVIDUAL CHAMPION SCORE
1966 Michigan State 298--298 Al Thiess (MSU) 71--71
1967 Michigan State 308-305--613 Steve Benson (MSU) 75-74--149
1967 Michigan State 308-305--613 Steve Benson (MSU) 75- 74--149
1968 Michigan 363-383--736 Timo Kilpelaninen (Western Michigan) 68-74--143
1969 Indiana 362--362 Rod Sumpter (Michigan) 33-36--69
1970 Michigan State 378-376--754 Ron English (MSU) 73-74--147
1971 Michigan State 376-371--747 Jeff Reaume (Eastern Michigan) 66-78--144
1972 Michigan State 286-297--583 Dick Bradow (MSU) 70-72--142
1973 Ohio State 377-378--755 Steve Groves (Ohio State) 72-72--144
1974 Ball State 369--369 Tom McParlan (Michigan) 37-33--70
1975 Illinois State 382-383--765 Mark Weston (MSU) 74-73--147
1976 Ohio State 373-375--748 Harold Payne (Marshall) 74-68--142
1977 Ohio State 370-357--727 Ray Pontinen (Minnesota) 72-70--142
1978 Ohio State 364-363--727 John Cook (Ohio State) 68-68--136
1979 Ohio State 355-362--717 Dave Brilliant (Miami) 70-70--140
1980 Ohio State 357-346--703 Rocky Miller (Ohio State) 69-68--137
1981 Ohio State 368-365--733 Steve Lubbers (MSU)
John Morse (Michigan)
69-75--144
75-69--144
1982 Ohio State 361-360--721 Greg Ladehoff (Ohio State) 73-68--141
1983 Ohio State 366-356--722 Dan Roberts (Michigan) 69-73--142
1984 Ohio State 370-369--739 Clark Burroughs (Ohio State) 71-70--141
1985 Notre Dame 297--297 John O'Donovan (Notre Dame) 72--72
1986 No Fossum/Spartan Invitational
1987 Michigan State 297-289-300--886 Jon Kosier (MSU) 72-69-75--216
1988 Illinois 290-312-289--891 Steve Stricker (Illinois)
Mike Small (Illinois)
70-74-73--217
73-75-69--217
1989 Wisconsin 299-298-292--889 Jeff Schmid (Iowa) 69-72-72--213
1990 Illinois 293-282-287-301--1,163 Brent Kish (MSU) 71-70-74-66--281
1991 Minnesota 287-298-286--871 Dean Kobane (Michigan) 72-71-70--213
1992 Michigan State 284-289-295--868 Joe Gullion (Minnesota) 68-67-76--211
1993 Northwestern 301-294-290--885 Bert Roney (Northwestern) 72-73-71--216
1994 Ohio State 295-305-290--890 Eric Frishette (Kent State) 74-71-73--218
1995 Ohio State 287-291-294--872 Donnie Darr (Kent State) 70-74-67--211
1996 Minnesota 298-290-295--883 Aaron Barber (Minnesota) 75-72-69--216
1997 Northwestern 291-290-300--881 Randy Leen (Indiana) 71-70-73--214
1998 No Fossum/Spartan Invitational
1999 Illinois 298-288-287--873 Larry Nuger (Illinois) 68-68-72--208
2000 Kent State 288-285-297--870 Jess Daley (Northwestern) 72-69-70--211
2001 Northwestern 278-287-286--851 Luke Donald (Northwestern) 69-72-64--205
2002 Toledo 286-295-295--876 David Jones (Toledo) 73-74-69--216v
2003 Kent State
Illinois
299-278-287--864
284-293-287--864
James Lepp (Illinois) 69-67-72--208
2004 Indiana 288-295-297--880 Jeff Overton (Indiana) 73-70-67--210
2005 Minnesota 292-291-284--867 Ben Greve (Minnesota) 70-74-66--210
2006 Indiana 292-283-295--870 Charlie Soule (Denver) 69-71-69--207
2007 Michigan State 279-284-278--841 Matt Harmon (MSU)
Jack Newman (MSU
Jason Kokrak (Xavier)
73-66-67--206
67-72-67--206
69-68-69--206
2008 No Fossum/Spartan Invitational
2009 Michigan State 289-286-139--714 Payne Gniewek (MSU) 69-71-37--177
2010 (spring) Michigan State
Ferris State
287-297-295--879
299-291-289--879
Josh Gallman (USC Upstate) 70-70-70--210
2010 (fall) Michigan State 294-297--591 James Ross (MSU) 74-72--146
2011 IUPUI 300-289-286--875 Michael Davan (IUPUI) 75-70-69--214

TEAM RECORDS

Low 18-Hole Score
278, Michigan State, 3rd round, 2007 (five golfers)
*278, Northwestern, 1st round, 2001 (five golfers)
282, Illinois, 2nd round, 1990 (five golfers)
346, Ohio State, 2nd round, 1980 (six golfers)

Low 36-Hole Score
279-284--563, Michigan State, 2007
*278-287--565, Northwestern, 2001
288-285--573, Kent State, 2000

Low 54-Hole Score
279-284-278--841, Michigan State 2007
*278-287-286--851, Northwestern, 2001
292-291-284--867, Minnesota, 2005
284-289-295--868, Michigan State, 1992

Low 72-Hole Score
293-282-287-301--1,163, Illinois, 1990

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

Low 18-Hole Score
64, Cam Burke, Eastern Michigan, 2007
*64, Luke Donald, Northwestern, 2001
*64, Chris Thayer, Northwestern, 2001
66, Brent Kish, Michigan State, 1990
66, Jeff Reaume, Eastern Michigan, 1971

Low 36-Hole Score
64-71--135, Cam Burke, Eastern Michigan, 2007
68-68--136, John Cook, Ohio State, 1978

Low 54-Hole Score
*69-72-64--205, Luke Donald, Northwestern, 2001
73-66-67--206, Matt Harmon, Michigan State, 2007
67-72-67--206, Jack Newman, Michigan State, 2007
69-68-69--206, Jason Kokrak, Xavier, 2007

Low 72-Hole Score
71-70-74-66--281, Brent Kish, Michigan State, 1990

*Par-71 format used in 2001 due to golf course construction.