EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State senior golfer Charlie Netzel finished sixth at the Boilermaker Invitational hosted by Purdue. As a team the Spartans were tied for 11th and the Big Ten-laden tournament held at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Spartans were 44-over 908 (302-303-303).
Complete Boilermaker Invitational Results
“We have a couple of keys guys who are struggling out there with confidence, and some guys who are working their way into being more consistent. It is kind of a process at the moment, but they will get better over the next couple weeks,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “They didn’t get close to meeting our expectations, but they all know that, and just have to keep working.”
Kent State captured the team title with a 1-over 865 (285-296-284). Host Purdue was second with a 6-over 870 (294-293-283). Northwestern edged UNLV for third with a 10-over 874 (301-294-279). There were seven Big Ten schools at the Boilermaker Invitational, including Purdue, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Ohio State, Indiana, MSU and Michigan.
Kent State’s Bjarki Petursson earned individual medalist honors with a 4-under 212 (73-69-70). His teammate Josh Whalen was second with a 3-under 213 (73-72-68).
Netzel had the second lowest score of any Big Ten player, finishing sixth with an even 216 (73-72-71). He now has two top-10 finishes this season to go along with one top-five finish. The senior finished with nine birdies and 36 pars.
“This weekend was another situation where Charlie played really well. He has done that very consistently since the middle of October. He is just so reliable, focusing on the right things. He is in control of his game and his emotions. I thought that he had a really good chance to win this week, so even though this was a good finish he is going to do even better moving forward,” Lubahn said.
Redshirt junior Charlie Green was tied for 45th with a 13-over 229 (74-76-79). Redshirt senior Sean Friel finished tied for 70th with a 17-over 233 (81-77-75), improving with each round.
Junior Michael Sharp finished tied for 75th after three rounds with a 19-over 235 (79-78-78). Freshman Kaleb Johnson rounded out the Spartan group, finishing tied for 81st with a 26-over 242 (76-87-79).
Sharp ended the tournament with seven birdies, while Green had six.
Michigan State has one more regular season tournament playing in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 22-23 in Columbus, Ohio. Last season, the Spartans finished tied for first at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate.