MSU posts its best NCAA Regional finish in program history.
Second round will resume at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
Kaleb Johnson leads MSU in 18th place.
The Spartans are making their third straight NCAA Regional appearance.
MSU is the No. 11 seed in the Columbus Regional.
Michigan State men's golf has earned a berth in the NCAA Regionals, heading to Stillwater, Oklahoma, hosted by Oklahoma State, May 16-18. This is the Spartans' first trip as a team to NCAA Regionals since 2009. Michigan State received a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Oklahoma State Regional and will play at the Karsten Creek Golf Club Course on May 16-18 (Monday-Wednesday) in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
In Lubahn's six years at Michigan State, the Spartans have won at least one tournament each season and nine in total. Individually, Spartans have earned PING All-Region honors on six occasions and Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar accolades five times.
Despite a plethora of injuries that plagued the Spartans through the 2016-17 season, the Spartans won three tournaments and earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Spartans began the year by winning the Bearcat Invitational and Quail Valley Intercollegiate and placing in the top four of their five fall tournaments. Charlie Netzel's first-place finish helped the Spartans to their third tournament win of the season in the Colleton River Collegiate.
Netzel and fellow senior Sam Weatherhead both collected PING All-Midwest Region honors, while Netzel joined Michael Sharp on the All-America Scholar list.
The 2015-16 season saw the Spartans return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 with the strongest season under Lubahn. Senior Mitch Rutledge and junior Josh Heinze were both named All-Midwest Region by the GCAA, becoming the first Spartan golfers since 2013 to earn the honor. Rutledge was also named second-team All-Big Ten. During the resurgent 2015-16 season, Michigan State won the Fossum Memorial and the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. Three different Spartans won tournament, including Rutledge, Heinze and junior Sam Weatherhead.
The 2014-15 season saw Michigan State capture the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. Sophomore Sam Weatherhead also tied for first at the Colleton River Collegiate. Fellow sophomore Charlie Netzel ended the season with two top-five finishes.
During the 2013-14 campaign, five different Michigan State golfers had top-10 placements, including freshman Charlie Netzel winning the Colleton River Collegiate. As a team, the Spartans won the Wolverine Intercollegiate and finished second at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. Off the course, Carson Castellani and Sean Friel were Academic All-Big Ten selections.
In his second season, the Spartans won their second tournament in as many years, topping the field at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. In addition, MSU had five top-5 placements, including a runner-up showing at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, the best finish in program history. Senior Matthew Moseley led the Michigan State effort, ending the year by being named PING All-Midwest and second team All-Big Ten. He qualified individually for the NCAA Regional, tying for 22nd in Columbus, Ohio, to finish with nine top-25 finishes in his 12 stroke play events, highlighted by winning the Colleton River Collegiate. Academically, Michigan State was named a GCAA All-Academic Team, after having a team GPA of better than 3.0 in 2012-13. Individually, Dan Ellis was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second-straight season, while he and his brother Dave were also Big Ten Distinguished Scholars and Academic All-Big Ten. Carson Castellani was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection.
In 2011-12, the Spartans won one tournament, the Georgetown Intercollegiate, while also posting five top-5 finishes, including a fourth place finish at the Big Ten Championship. It was a marked improvement for MSU at the conference championship, as it had placed 11th (2009), seventh (2010) and 10th (2011) in the previous three seasons.
Individually, every golfer improved their scoring average from the year prior, including impressive increases of over three strokes by Dave Ellis, and two strokes by Dan Ellis and Matthew Moseley, all three regular starters. In addition, all five weekly starters posted at least one top-10 individual finish, led by five from Dan Ellis and four from Chris Mory. Dan Ellis led the way throughout the season, posting the ninth-lowest scoring average in a MSU single season (73.06). A PING All-Region selection, he also individually qualified for the NCAA Central Regional and earned all-championship honors after placing fifth at the Big Ten Championship.
In the classroom, six Spartans earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, the second most in program history, while two of them (Carson Castellani and Dave Ellis) garnered Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades for posting a GAP of 3.7 or better for the 2011-12 academic year.
Lubahn spent three seasons as the head coach at Miami, building the program on a national level. The RedHawks posted three tournament wins (2008 Georgetown Invitational, 2009 Cincinnati Bearcat Invitational and 2010 Louisville Cardinal Collegiate), in addition to five runner-up and 14 top-5 showings in his three seasons at the helm. Individually, two student-athletes collected medalist honors over the last three seasons.
He mentored Nathan Sutherland to one of the most proficient careers in program history. Sutherland qualified as an individual to the NCAA Regionals in 2010 and 2011, the first Miami representative since 2001, while also earning first-team All-Mid-American Conference and PING All-Midwest honors each of the last two seasons. His career stroke average of 73.63 is second on the Miami all-time list, while his senior and junior stroke averages are the second and fourth lowest, respectively.
Lubahn also made an immediate impact on the recruiting trail, signing four top-150 recruits in his first three seasons.
Off the course at Miami, Lubahn was integral in raising funds for his program through a number of initiatives. He raised over $75,000 for facility upgrades, including a new hitting studio, indoor putting center, and office and locker room renovations.
Prior to accepting the head coaching position at Miami, Lubahn spent three seasons as an assistant coach at MSU, fulfilling the role for the 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2007-08 seasons. During his tenure, he helped lead the Spartans to the 2005 and 2008 Big Ten Championships. His last season at Michigan State, Lubahn was a finalist for the GCAA Jan Strickland Award, which is awarded to the NCAA Division I Assistant Coach of the Year. He also participated in the Golf Channel's reality series, Big Break X: Michigan, in October 2008. During his one season away from MSU, he worked for Morgan Bradley LLC, in its business development and human resources department.
A three-year letterwinner and 2003-04 captain of the Michigan State golf program, Lubahn finished his career with the fifth-lowest career stroke average (75.00) in program history. A native of Sand Lake, Mich., Lubahn earned a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies - law and society from Michigan State in 2004.