March 7, 2013
BLUFFTON, S.C. - Senior Matthew Moseley and junior Gareth Blease were bright spots for the Michigan State men's golf team on Thursday, finishing in a three-way tie for first place at the Colleton River Collegiate, hosted by the Spartans on the Pete Dye Course at the Colleton River Plantation Club in Bluffton, S.C. The Spartans tied for second as a team.
Moseley (78-71-79) and Blease (81-73-74) tied with Penn State's Chris Houston at 12-over par 228. Moseley ended up winning the individual playoff. It was the best career finish for both Moseley and Blease.
"I am proud of Matthew and Gareth for getting their first collegiate wins, with Matthew winning the playoff," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We showed real fight, but overall it was a rough end to a rough week. We will and can do better the rest of the spring.
"Many thanks to the folks at Collegiate River Plantation Club, especially Al Thiess, for hosting us and putting together this collegiate event."
Michigan State shot a three-round total of 63-over par 927 (330-298-299), tying Michigan. Penn State took the Colleton River Collegiate title with a 52-over 916.
Freshman Mitch Rutledge tied for 16th overall with a 22-over par 238 (87-78-73), while junior Carson Castellani was 19th at 24-over 240 (86-76-78) and senior Dan Ellis was 20th at 26-over 242 (85-83-74).
The Spartans led the field with 33 birdies, as Rutledge led the way with a tournament-best nine, while Blease and Moseley each added nine.
Michigan State has a couple weeks off from competition, before returning March 23-24 for the Linger Longer Invitational in Greensboro, Ga.