April 16, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Inclement weather shortened play at the first day of the Illini Spring Classic on Saturday, however, the rainy conditions did not thwart the efforts of the Michigan State men's golf team. The Spartans are currently third early in the second round at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Ill., led by freshman Gareth Blease, who is tied for first individually.
The Illini Spring Classic will be shortened to 36 holes because of the weather. The remainder of the second, and now final round, will start up again at 9 a.m. ET Sunday.
Michigan State was fourth after the first round, shooting a 15-over par 303, and is even par through a couple holes in the second round. Akron leads the field going into Sunday at 5-over par, four shots ahead of the host Fighting Illini. The tournament's field features 10 of the 11 Big Ten schools and five schools ranked in the Golfstat top-50 national poll.
Blease shot a season-low 1-under par 71 in the first round and is currently tied for Charlie Bull of Akron atop the leaderboard. Blease had an up-and-down scorecard, posting a team-high five birdies and an eagle.
Junior Dan Ellis, coming off a career best finish last time out, was tied for 22nd after the first round with a 4-over par 76. Classmate Chris Mory is a shot behind with a 5-over par 77 to tie for 28th. Junior Dave Ellis and sophomore Matthew Moseley both shot an opening round 7-over par 79. The Ellis twins each had three birdies on the day, while Dave also added an eagle.