March 6, 2013
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Weather played havoc on the opening day of the inaugural Colleton River Collegiate on Wednesday, causing difficult conditions and delaying the second round until tomorrow. Michigan State, the host school, sits in third place with a 42-over par 330 after the first round on the Pete Dye Course at the Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C.
The final two rounds are set to begin tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. ET.
"One of the more difficult days we have had in terms of conditions, course and our play," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "The weather dictated mental toughness and we were not up to the challenge. Good news is we get to play 36 holes tomorrow and figure some things out."
Penn State leads the event with an opening round 29-over 317, eight shots ahead of Michigan (325). In fourth behind the Spartans is Detroit with a 337.
Sophomore Jon Finley, playing as an individual, shot the low round of the day with a 5-over par 77, to lead the field by one shot. Senior Matthew Moseley is among four golfers tied for second with a first round 78. Moseley leads the field with three birdies today and played the par-3s at 1-under.
"Jon Finley played a wonderful round of golf today," added Lubahn. "Jon and Matthew (Moseley) are off to a great start in this event."
Junior Gareth Blease is tied for seventh with a 9-over over 81. Rounding out the Spartan lineup, senior Dan Ellis is tied for 18th with an 85, junior Carson Castellani is tied for 21st with an 86 and freshman Mitch Rutledge is tied for 23rd with an 87.
Senior Dave Ellis is also playing as an individual, and opened with an 86 to tie for 21st.