March 2, 2014
BLUFFTON, S.C. - The Michigan State men's golf overcame a slow start to finish the first day of the 2014 Colleton River Collegiate in third place at 10-over par 586 (302-284). The Spartans are hosting the tournament at Colleton River Plantation Club's Pete Dye Course in Bluffton, S.C. Freshman Charlie Netzel is tied for fifth at 1-over par 145, as four Spartans are currently in the top-10.
"We had a pretty shaky start, but I thought we were real good most of the day," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "Overall though we made some progress. We saw some really consistent play out of three or four guys. Charlie Netzel had a special round of golf. I am excited about the way we played this afternoon. We will need to get off to a good start tomorrow to improve our position in the event."
Netzel opened with a 6-over par 78, but bounced back to shoot a career-low 5-under par 67 in the second round to move 32 spots up the leaderboard. Netzel's 67 is tied for the 20th-best round in program history. After only one birdie in the first round, he carded six in the afternoon round.
Junior Jon Finley, sophomore Mitch Rutledge and freshman Gareth Lappin are all among a group tied for 10th at 3-over par 147. Finley and Lappin both opened with rounds of 75 and then finished with an even par 72 in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Rutledge went 74-73 today. Finley tied Netzel for the team-high with seven birdies.
Playing an individual, senior Carson Castellani is tied for 26th at 7-over par 151 (75-76) and freshman Sean Friel is tied for 29th at 8-over par 152 (79-73). Senior Gareth Blease is 53rd at 28-over 172 (81-91).
No. 40 Kennesaw State holds a one shot lead over Winthrop, as the Owls shot a 3-over par 579. KSU's Teremoana Beaucousin and Winthrop's Zach Seabolt are tied atop the individual leaderboard at 1-under par 143.
The final round begins Monday morning at 8:30 p.m. ET