April 25, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team stands in third place after day one at the 2008 Big Ten Championships, held on the Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans are at 10-over par 586 (291-295) after two rounds. Illinois sits atop the leaderboard with a five-over par 581 (293-288). Senior Ryan Brehm is MSU's top performer after a two-round total of three-under par 141 (72-69), good for a tie for second place. Indiana's Jorge Campillo leads the championships with a four-under par 140 (69-71).
Following an even-par 72 in round one, Brehm carded a second-round 69, tying for the lowest score of the second round. He birdied 11 of his 36 holes on the afternoon, tied for the most of the day. Brehm averaged 3.85 on par fours, tying for the low average. Illinois' David Lipsky is also tied for second at three-under par 141 (72-69).
Sophomore Jack Newman is tied for seventh after two rounds at even par 144 (70-74). Newman carded nine birdies in his two rounds and tied for the third-lowest par four scoring average at 3.90. Freshman Payne Gniewek is tied for 17th at five-over par 149 (74-75), followed by fellow freshman Graham Baillargeon at 11-over par 155 (75-80), good for a tied for 43rd. Baillargeon did tie for the second-lowest par-five scoring average of the day at 4.50. Gniewek made par on 23 of 36 holes, tying for fourth most on the day. Junior Randy Hutchison rounds out the playing group at 14-over par 158 (81-77).
Northwestern stands between Illinois and Michigan State in second place at eight-over par 584 (293-291). The Spartans are followed by Ohio State (15-over 591), Indiana (16-over 592), Minnesota (18-over 594), Michigan (22-over 598), Purdue (22-over 598), Wisconsin (25-over 601), Iowa (33-over 609) and Penn State (36-over 612).
Saturday's third-round action begins at 9 a.m. Michigan State's first tee time will be 9:50 a.m.