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Men’s Golf Claims Share of B1G Match Play Championship

Feb. 10, 2018

PALM COAST, Florida - The Michigan State men’s golf team claimed a share of the Big Ten Match Play Championship on Saturday, tying Purdue for the title at the Hammock Beach Resort Ocean Course. The Spartans, who went 2-1 in their opening round matches, represented the Big Ten East Division in the championship where they tied the representative from the West, Purdue, 3-3.

It marked the second time in the last three seasons the Spartans claimed the Big Ten Match Play crown as they also won the event in 2016.

Complete Results

“I’m really excited – this win means a lot to us,” said MSU head coach Casey Lubahn. “We played awesome yesterday and did enough today to get ourselves a championship.”

Michael Sharp (5 & 3), Andrew Walker (3 & 1), and James Piot (4 & 2) won the three matches for the Spartans in the final against the Boilermakers at the par-72, 7,155-yard course.

For Purdue it was Brian Carlson defeating Kaleb Johnson (2 & 1); Jason Hong getting past Austin Jenner (6 & 4) and Jarle Volden topping Charlie Green.

“It was a battle back and forth,” Lubahn said. “I thought Walker and Piot were both impressive, considering they’ve never before been in that position. All in all, all six guys played really, really well at times this weekend. You don’t win something like this without playing as a unit.”

 

 

The Spartans began the day by meeting the East’s top-seeded team, Penn State, where fog on the Ocean Course forced the matches to be shortened to nine holes. The Nittany Lions took the abbreviated competition, 4 & 2, with Kaleb Johnson and Austin Jenner picking up wins for the Spartans.

However, the Spartans’ 12 points through three matches were tops in the East, edging Penn State by 1.5 points, giving MSU a spot in the championship match vs. the West’s top team, Purdue.

BTN is scheduled to air a 90-minute recap of the event on March 3 at 4:30 p.m.

MSU is back in action on Feb. 24 at The Challenge at Champions in Houston.

Championship Match
Brian Johnson def. Kaleb Johnson, 2 & 1
Jason Hong def. Austin Jenner, 6 & 4
Michael Sharp def. Timmy Hildebrand, 5 & 3
James Piot def. Joe Weiler, 4 & 2
Andrew Walker def. Cole Bradley, 3 & 1
Jarle Volden def. Charlie Green, 1 up

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