April 20, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team battle this afternoon at the Boilermaker Invitational, currently in a tie for eighth after the first 36 holes. In a field that included six of the top-50 programs in the country, the Spartans shot a 20-over par 596 (301-295) to sit only five strokes out of the top-4. Senior Gareth Blease leads the way for MSU in a tie for fifth at even par 144 (73-71).
"It was a better day for the guys," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We coughed up a lot of shots in the last three or four holes in each round that really hurt us but we played better most of the day. We have to finish the round well tomorrow as the field is extremely bunched.
"Gareth Blease was solid today. He left some shots out there but played with some confidence and a nice mix of aggression. I am proud of him."
Blease had a team-high seven birdies today and played the par-5s at 2-under par. His second round score of 71 tied for his career low, previously set in 2011.
Freshman Charlie Netzel was consistent this afternoon, shooting two rounds of 2-over par 74 to sit in a tie for 20th at 4-over par 148. He had six birdies today and was 4-under par on the par-5s.
Junior Jon Finley improved as the day went on, firing rounds of 6-over par 78 and 1-over par 73. He is tied for 40th at 7-over par 151. Freshman Gareth Lappin is tied for 53rd at 9-over par 153 (76-77) and sophomore Mitch Rutledge is tied for 70th at 12-over par 156 (79-77).
No. 9 Illinois leads the way at 5-over par 581, holding a five shot lead over Louisville and the rest of the field. Purdue's Stuart MacDonald is the individual leader, carding a 3-under par 141.
The final round begins tomorrow with an 8:45 a.m. shotgun start.