Feb. 15, 2014
BRADENTON, Fla. - The Michigan State men's golf team wrapped up play at the 2014 Big Ten Match Play Championship on Saturday, held at The Concession Golf Club (par-72, 7,177-yards) in Bradenton, Fla. The Spartans knocked off Wisconsin, 3-0-2, to finish the event with a 2-1 record.
"It was a good week for our guys," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We only lost four of our 15 individual matches this weekend and got good production from all our guys. It was tough to not be playing in the finals, but played well and got beat on a couple holes that ended up being the difference.
"We had a couple positive spring debuts from Gareth and Gareth. Mitch, Charlie and Jon were also great today. It bodes well for the rest of our spring, as we enter stroke play in a couple weeks."
Sophomore Mitch Rutledge cruised to a 6&5 win in the No. 1 spot, winning his first four holes and eight of the 13 holes played today. Also picking up victories for MSU was freshman Gareth Lappin 1-up in the third spot and junior Jon Finley 5&3 in the fifth match. Finley, who was making his Big Ten Match Play debut today, won five of his last seven holes to clinch the win. Both freshman Charlie Netzel and senior Gareth Blease halved their matches. Both Blease and Netzel had to win their final holes to split the point.
For the tournament, Lappin went 3-0, Blease was 2-0-1, Rutledge was 2-1, Netzel was 1-1-1, Finley was 1-0 and Carson Castellani was 0-2. Blease competed in three Big Ten Match Play Championships, posting a 6-2-1 record.
The Spartans' lone loss this weekend came to eventual champion Michigan, 3-2.