Spartan Men's Golf Loses Thrilling Match In Opening Day Of Big Ten Match Play Championship
Top-seeded Michigan State will take on fourth-seeded Purdue in the first match on Saturday.
PALM COAST, Fla. - Michigan State men's golf was upset by Iowa at the Big Ten Match Play Championship Friday afternoon at Hammock Beach Resort - Conservatory Course (Par-72, 7,183-yards). The short-handed and top-seeded Spartans finished all square with eighth-seeded Iowa, but the Hawkeyes won on a tiebreaker based on the number of holes won.
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"It was an exciting match with a disappointing outcome. Some of our young guys really played well and fought till the end. With the tiebreaker rules, we came up short, but I think it was a successful day for a lot of the guys. It is something to build off of the rest of the weekend," MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.
MSU was playing without senior Sam Weatherhead and sophomore Dylan Deogun. Junior Michael Sharp beat Alex Moorman (3&2), while freshman Kaleb Johnson stopped Matthew Walker (1up). Senior Charlie Netzel was all square with Carson Schaake, and freshman Austin Jenner was all square with Raymond Knoll.
Iowa advanced to meet the Spartans after defeating ninth-seeded Indiana, 3-1-2, in Friday morning's first round.
Netzel led MSU with 15 pars on the day, while Jenner and Netzel were the top Spartans in Par 4 scoring, finishing even for the day. Jenner led MSU in Par 5 scoring at -1 for the day.
Michigan State will face fourth-seeded Purdue in Saturday's action that tees off at 8 a.m., as three of the top four seeds were upset. Iowa will face fifth-seeded Penn State, while third-seeded Northwestern will take on seventh-seeded Minnesota in the semifinals, with the winners advancing to the finals Saturday afternoon. The other consolation match-up pits second-seeded Michigan against 11th-seeded Rutgers.
After this weekend, the Spartans will continue spring action on February 25 at the Challenge at Champions in Houston, Texas. The tournament in Houston is MSU's final tournament in the month of February.