April 20, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team finished up play at the Boilermaker Invitational on Sunday afternoon. The Spartans shot a final round 11-over par 299 at the Kampen Course at the Boilermaker Golf Complex to end in a tie for ninth at 31-over par 895 (301-295-299). Senior Gareth Blease led MSU for the first time this season, tying for 16th at 4-over par 220 (73-71-76).
Blease fired a career-low 54-hole score, topping his previous mark by three strokes. His 16th place finish was his third best as a Spartan. Blease had a team-high 10 birdies this weekend and played the par-5s at 3-under par.
Freshman Charlie Netzel shot three rounds of 2-over par 74 to conclude action in a tie for 26th at 6-over par 222. Netzel had nine birdies and was 4-under on the par-5s.
Junior Jon Finley was in a tie for 47th at 9-over par 225 (78-73-74). Finley had a team-high 38 pars for the tournament. Freshman Gareth Lappin tied for 62nd at 14-over par 230 (76-77-77) and sophomore Mitch Rutledge tied for 65th at 15-over par 231 (79-77-75).
The Boilermaker Invitational field included six of the top-50 programs in the nation, and was won by No. 41 Iowa. The Hawkeyes (1-over par 865) came from behind with a final round 14-under par 274 to win by one shot over No. 9 Illinois. Iowa's Stephen Ihm (7-under par 209) also had a come-from-behind victory, shooting a final round 8-under par 64 to top the field by one.
The Spartans return to action on May 2-4 for the Big Ten Championship in French Link, Ind.