SALEM, S.C. - No. 34 Michigan State men's golf stands tied for ninth after the first round of the Clemson Invitational. The Spartans are currently tied with Winthrop after a first round score of 23-over 311. The Clemson Invitational is being played at the par 72 7,103- yard course at the Cliffs at Keowee Falls.
Host and 18th-ranked Clemson stands in first after 18 holes with a 6-over 294. No. 21 Georgia Tech stands in second with an 8-over 296. No. 38 Alabama rounds out the top three with a 10-over 298.
Charleston's William Rainey is atop the leaderboard with a 3-under 69. Rainey had the only sub-70 score of the day. Alabama's Davis Riley is second with a 1-under 71.
Junior Michael Sharp was the top Spartan after the first round, standing tied for 22nd. Sharp finished with a 4-over 76 to lead Michigan State. The junior also had MSU's only eagle of the day on the eighth hole. Sharp was also one of four Spartans with two birdies on the day.
Senior Charlie Netzel is tied for 27th with a 5-over 77. Netzel's day was highlighted by a pair of birdies on 11 and 16, respectively. Freshman Kaleb Johnson is tied for 35th with a 6-over 78. The Spartan rookie had two birdies to go along with 12 pars to lead MSU.
Redshirt senior Sean Friel is tied for 44th with an 8-over 80, while sophomore Dylan Deogun completed the Spartan quintet standing tied for 60th with a 12-0ver 84.
Deogun will be the first Spartan to tee off on Saturday, April 8, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Sharp will be the last Michigan State player to tee off in round two at 9:10 a.m.