SALEM, S.C. - No. 34 Michigan State men’s golf finished the competitive Clemson Invitational in eighth place Sunday. The Spartans ended with a 33-over 897 (311-290-296). Host and No. 18 Clemson captured the tournament title for the second-straight year with a 6-under 858 (294-280-284).
No. 21 Georgia Tech finished second with a 9-over 873 (296-283-294). No 38 Alabama rounded out the top three with a 14-over 878 (298-284-296).
UNC-Wilmington’s Patrick Cover earned medalist honors with a 5-under 211 (76-70-65). Cover’s third-round 65 was the lowest of the tournament, just one shot lower than Michigan State freshman Kaleb Johnson’s second round 66. Clemson’s Carson Young finished second with a 3-under 213 (73-69-71).
“I don’t think any of us would disagree that it was a bad week. It was different conditions than we were used to, and we didn’t handle it well,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “One thing that came out of the weekend is that the guys fought hard and that will help us the next couple weeks.”
Johnson was the top Spartan after three rounds, finishing tied for sixth with Clemson’s Doc Redman. Johnson was 1-under for a final score of 215 (76-66-71), just one shot shy of finishing tied for third. The freshman now has two top-five finishes and one top-10 finish during his rookie campaign. Johnson finished the tournament tied for third with 13 birdies.
“Kaleb has been playing really well. The second round was a really special day. Even when he didn’t have his best stuff, he found a way to put up a good score. I think that he is hungry though for more. The rest of the guys want to get the taste out of their mouths,” Lubahn said.
Senior Charlie Netzel finished tied for 18th with a 5-over 221 (77-72-72). Netzel was second on the team with 11 total birdies during the tournament. The senior now has five three top-20 finishes this season to go along with one top-five and one top-10.
Redshirt-senior Sean Friel finished tied for 40th with a 14-over 230 (80-76-74). Friel improved on each round, capped by posting four birdies in the final round. Junior Michael Sharp completed the tournament tied for 49th with an 18-over 234 (76-79-79), while sophomore Dylan Deogun was 67th with a 27-over 243 (84-76-83).
Michigan State is back in action next week April 15-16 at the Boilermaker Invitational, hosted by MSU’s Big Ten rival Purdue. The tournament will be held at Birck Boilermaker Golf Club in West Lafayette, Indiana.