Payne Gniewek
Payne Gniewek

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Trenton, Mich.

High School:
Riverview Gabriel Richard Catholic


Tied for fifth on the MSU career list with a 74.19 scoring average ... Has two career collegiate victories, five top-10 finishes and nine top-20 showings ... His sophomore stroke average (73.94) is 12th on the Spartans' single-season list ... Had one of the best freshmen seasons in Michigan State history; his freshman scoring average of 74.59 was the third-best all-time among Spartan newcomers.


SOPHOMORE (2008-09): Second on the team with a 73.91 scoring average, good for 12th on the MSU single-season list ... Won a team-best two events, also posting four top-10 and seven top-20 finishes, second on the team in both ... One of two golfers to compete in all 13 events ... Opened season by placing ninth at the Spartan Classic with a 73 ... Tied for 22nd with a 214 (76-69-69) at the Wolverine Intercollegiate ... Tied for 20th at The Prestige with a 223 (81-70-72) ... Earned his first collegiate title at the UNCG Bridgestone, finishing with a career-low 213 (69-70-74) ... Finished in a tie for 11th at the Rees Jones Invitational at 226 (76-75-75) ... Went 1-1-1 at the Big Ten Match Play Championship; beating Matt Hoffman of Illinois (4&3) and halving with Danny Zimmerman of Wisconsin ... Placed ninth at the Western Intercollegiate with a 216 (71-76-76) ... Followed it up with a 11th place showing at the Boilermaker Invitational, finishing as the top Spartan at 216 (71-74-71) ... Won the Fossum Invitational for his second career title with a 177 (69-71-37); Earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week for his victory (April 29, 2009) ... Part of MSU's competitive lineup at the Big Ten Championship and NCAA South Central Regional; second on the team at the Big Tens and third for MSU at the NCAA Regional.

SUMMER 2008: Advanced to match play at the Michigan Amateur.


FRESHMAN (2007-08): Appeared in the last seven tournaments of the season, posting a 74.59 scoring average, good for fourth on the team ... In his second tournament of his collegiate career, tied for sixth at the Western Intercollegiate, carding a 220 (72-69-79) ... His second round 69 was his season-low 18-hole score ... Tied for 29th at the Missouri Tiger Intercollegiate with a 228 (77-78-73) ... Match the score the following weekend to place among a tie for 19th at the Kepler Intercollegiate ... Tied for 22nd at the Big Ten Championship, shooting a 302 (74-75-74-79), finishing third on the team ... Also third on the team at the NCAA East Regional, tying for 65th with a season-low 216 (71-73-72).

SUMMER 2007: Advanced to semifinals in match play at Michigan Junior State Amateur ... Tied for 28th at the AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championship at Boyne Highlands.

HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner and two year captain of Gabriel Richard Catholic High School golf team ... As a senior was named to the All-State Super Team, given the "Mr. Golf Award" and named Catholic League Athlete of the Year .. Also a member of the All-Catholic and all-area teams ... In his junior year was named all-state and all-area ... Named All-State Honorable Mention, All-Catholic, and all-area his freshman and sophomore years ... A Catholic League Championship medalist sophomore and senior year ... Division-3 State Finals Medalist as a senior ... Competed in the 2006 US Junior Amateur Championship.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 24, 1988 ... Son of Brian Gniewek and Jane Nawrocki ... Lists his parents as his non-sports heroes ... A general management major.