April 26, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Behind an impressive third round two-under par 286, the Michigan State men's golf team regained the lead today at the 2008 Big Ten Men's Golf Championship on the Forest Akers West Course in East Lansing, Mich. The Spartans now hold an 11-stroke lead over the field with a three-day total of eight-over 872.
Senior Ryan Brehm matched his second-round score of three-under 69, to move past Indiana's Jorge Campillo, for the individual lead at six-under 210 (72-69-69). Brehm had only one hiccup on his card today, a bogey on the 15th, but posted four birdies to move his tournament total to 15 birdies. Also, Brehm has played the par-fives this weekend at five-under.
Sophomore Jack Newman, freshman Payne Gniewek and junior Randy Hutchison all moved their way up the individual leaderboard on Saturday. Newman tied for the third-lowest round of the day with a two-under par 70, to move him up to fourth at two-under 214 (70-74-70) for the tournament. He opened strong on the front with a three-under 33, including three birdies and an eagle, on a chip in on the fifth. Newman has enjoyed the fourth and fifth holes this weekend, playing the two holes at seven-under par.
Gniewek has been consistent so far this tournament, firing rounds of 74, 75 and 74 to currently be in 11th place at seven-over 223. Hutchison posted his best round of the weekend with a one-over 73 to bring his total to 15-over 231 and put him in a tie for 35th. Meanwhile, freshman Graham Baillargeon is tied for 46th at 19-over 235 (75-80-80).
In the final groups on Sunday with Michigan State will be Illinois, who is second at 19-over 883 (293-288-302), and Minnesota, who moved up to third at 20-over 884 (293-301-290). Minnesota's two-over par 290 today was the second lowest round of the day and the third lowest of the tournament. Indiana remains close at 21-over 885 (297-295-293), while Northwestern rounds out the top-five at 29-over 893 (293-291-309). Completing the leaderboard, Michigan is sixth at 32-over 896, Wisconsin is seventh at 39-over 903, Ohio State is eighth at 40-over 904, Purdue is ninth at 45-over 909, Iowa is 10th at 46-over 910 and Penn State is 11th at 65-over 929.
Brehm has a one stroke lead over Campillo and a two-shot lead on Illinois' Scott Langley.
The field begins the final round tomorrow at 9 a.m., with the Spartans beginning off of the first hole at 9:50 a.m. For updated results, follow live scoring on golfstat.com.