April 27, 2012
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The Michigan State men's golf team is in the mix for the 2012 Big Ten Championship title after the first two rounds on Friday, sitting in second place, just three shots behind three-time defending champion Illinois. The Spartans are at 19-over par 595 (292-303) on the Pete Dye Course (par-72, 7,152-yards) at the French Lick Resort.
"I thought throughout the day, especially in the first 30 holes, we stuck to the plan with high percentage shots, and had great success with those variables," said first-year Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "The golf course is a challenge and we will have to work through adversity all weekend. Tomorrow we will need to have the same game plan and focus. We put ourselves in a position if we execute the plan, we can be successful."
Leading the way for the Spartans, juniors Dan Ellis and Matthew Moseley are tied for fifth at 3-over par 147. Illinois' Luke Guthrie, who is ranked No. 23 in the nation by Golfstat, tops the individual leaderboard at 1-under par 143.
Ellis (74-73) leads MSU and is tied for third in the field through 36 holes with seven birdies, while he also leads the Big Ten golfers so far in par-3 scoring at 2-under par. Moseley (70-77), who was the individual leader after 18 holes, is tied for sixth overall with six birdies.
Junior Dave Ellis is tied for 11th after Friday's play, shooting a 5-over 149 (72-77). Ellis is tied for second in the field with 26 pars, including 13-straight pars to begin his second round, and is also third overall in par-5 scoring at 2-under.
Making his Big Ten Championship debut, freshman McCormick Clouser is 26th with a 10-over par 154 (76-78). Clouser is tied with Moseley for sixth in the field with six first-day birdies.
Rounding out the Spartan lineup, senior Chris Mory shot a 14-over par 158 (82-76) and is tied for 44th.
The Spartans led after the first round, as their opening round of 292 led Indiana by one.
The Big Ten features six of the top-70 programs in the country, including the current leader Illinois, who is ranked 38th. The Illini are 16-over par 592 (301-291), three shots ahead of MSU. No. 31 Indiana is third at 21-over 597.
The second round is scheduled to begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday.