April 13, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - With 36 holes completed at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational on Saturday, the Michigan State men's golf team sits in seventh place at 21-over par 597 (307-290). The Spartans' second round of 2-over 290 at the Finkbine Golf Course was the third-best round of the day by any school.
Senior Dan Ellis paces the MSU effort, currently in fifth place at 1-under par (75-68). Ellis' second round 4-under 68 was a season low for him and tied for the third lowest round on Saturday. After 36 holes, Ellis leads the field in par-4 scoring at 2-under par, in addition to leading MSU and tying for third in the field with nine birdies.
"Coach Lubahn and I emphasized getting off to a good start this morning," said Spartan assistant coach Garry Winger. "We accomplished that, however, we were not able to sustain that for the entire round. We did not have anyone play great which you need to be competitive in a strong field.
"I was proud of how the guys responded in the afternoon round shooting the second lowest round. Dan played great the entire round and finished with a 68. We are looking forward to the challenge ahead of us tomorrow."
Senior Matthew Moseley is tied for 31st at 7-over par 151 (77-74). Fellow senior Dave Ellis bounced back in the second round, moving up into a tie for 45th at 10-over par 154 (81-73). Junior Carson Castellani enters the final round in a tie for 51st at 11-over par 155 (80-75). Rounding out the Spartan lineup, freshman Mitch Rutledge is 64th at 16-over par 160 (75-85).
Kansas leads after two rounds at even-par 576, holding an eight-shot lead over host Iowa. Minnesota's Alex Gaugert and Kansas' Stan Gautier are the individual leaders at 5-under par 139.
The final round begins tomorrow at 10 a.m. ET with a shotgun start.