Spartans Tie For Fourth at the Colleton River Collegiate
Charlie Green and Michael Sharp tied for eighth place.
BLUFFTON, S.C. - The Michigan State men’s golf team tied for fourth place at the Colleton River Collegiate in Bluffton, South Carolina, with a 32-over-par 896 (296-309-291). After completing the final few holes of the second round, which was suspended Monday evening due to darkness, the Spartans had their best round of the tournament on Tuesday with a 3-over-par 291.
Iowa State won the tournament at the par-72, 7,198-yard Colleton River Club with a 16-over-par 880 (296-296-288). Cincinnati and Miami University tied for second at 29-over-par 893, while the Spartans Penn State were locked for fourth place.
“I think we compete hard, which is great and why we can still finish high maybe when we aren’t at our best,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “Until we really grow, mature and adjust, we’re vulnerable. We’ve got a lot of talent and fight and just need to clean some things up as we move forward.”
Green finished his second round on Tuesday morning with a 3-over-par 75. In the final round, he carded a 5-over-par 77 as the eighth-place finish was the best of his career.
“Charlie had to fight for his spot this week and I think because of that he came in hard and tough and was steady all week,” Lubahn said. “I’m proud of Charlie and he’ll be a big part of our spring if he keeps playing like he did the last couple of days.”
Sharp bounced back from a 7-over-par 79 in round two with an even-par 72 in the final round – his best of the tournament. He closed the tournament with a birdie and five pars over the final six holes and his eighth-place finish was his best of the season.
Freshman James Piot tied for 15th place with a 10-over-par 226. He was one of four Spartans to improve his score from round two to three as he followed up a 6-over-par 78 with a 2-over-par 74.
Sophomore Kaleb Johnson had the lowest round-three score of any Spartan with a 1-under-par 71. After shooting even on the front nine, Johnson was 1-under-par with a birdie on the back nine. He finished in 20th with an 11-over-par 227 (77-79-71).
Sophomore Andrew Walker was 16-over-par 232 (81-77-74) for the tournament. Walker’s 2-over-par 74 on Tuesday was his best round of the tournament.
Michigan State will be back in action March 25-26 at the Seahawk Intercollegiate in Wilmington, North Carolina.