SALEM, S.C. - No. 34 Michigan State men's golf moved up from tied for ninth to tied for sixth after two rounds at the Clemson Invitation in Salem, South Carolina. The Spartans are 25-over for a score of 601 (311-290). 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 continues to stand in first place after 36 holes with a 2-under 574. No. 21 Georgia Tech stands in second with a 3-over 579 (296-283). No. 38 Alabama rounds out the top three with a six-over 582.
Georgia Tech's James Clark and College of Charleston's William Rainey are tied for first place with matching scores of 3-under 141. Clemson's Carson Young is third with a 2-under 142 (73-69).
All five Spartans improved upon their first round scores.
Freshman Kaleb Johnson moved from 35th to tied for seventh with a splendid second-round 66, which was the lowest round of the day. After two rounds, Johnson is even with a 144 (78-66). The freshman is one of six tied for seventh. Johnson ended the day with an eagle and three birdies to lead the Spartans and is tied for third with nine total birdies.
Senior Charlie Netzel is tied for 21st with a 5-over 149 (77-72). Netzel's day was highlighted by four birdies during the second round. The senior has a total of six birdies through the first 36 holes. Junior Michael Sharp had a tough second round shooting a 79. Sharp is 11-over 155 for the tournament (76-79).
Redshirt senior Sean Friel is tied for 46th with an 12-over (80-76), while sophomore Dylan Deogun completed the Spartan quintet standing tied for 56th with a 16-over 160 (84-76).
Deogun will be the first Spartan to tee off on Sunday, April 9, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Johnson will be the last Michigan State player to tee off in round two at 9:10 a.m.