Spartans Finish Weather-Shortened Hawkeye Invitational in Fourth
James Piot led the Spartans by placing 11th.
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Michigan State men’s golf team tied for fourth place at the Hawkeye Invitational with a 22-over-par 598 (289-309) at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City, Iowa. The Spartans shot a 21-over-par 309 on Saturday in what was the final round of the tournament, which was shortened to 36 holes due to inclement weather.
Iowa State won the tournament with a 7-over-par 583, topping host Iowa by one stroke. Kansas State came in third at 11-over par, while Kansas tied the Spartans for fourth place.
“It was a classic Big Ten test - the weather was a little rough and the course played tough because of the conditions,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “We handled it well; we had our struggles and then came together at the end.
“We’re just not sharp enough around the greens, but we’re getting closer. I liked the mentality today even more than I have in a while.”
James Piot led the Spartans by finishing 11th at 4-over-par 148. Piot shot a 6-over-par 78 on Saturday.
Michael Sharp made it two Spartans in the top 14 as he tied for 14th at 5-over-par 149 (70-79).
Andrew Walker’s 3-over-par 75 was the best score of the day by a Spartan on Saturday and tied for the fifth-lowest round by any player. Walker had a 3-over-par 75 in Friday’s first round to finish the tournament 6-over-par 150, tied for 21st place.
“Andrew bounced back after a rough week last week,” Lubahn said. “He fought hard and is getting closer to finding something special.”
The Spartans will play their final tuneup prior to the Big Ten Championships next weekend when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate.