April 27, 2013
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - The third round of the Big Ten Championship concluded this afternoon on the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort. After 54 holes, the Michigan State men's golf team is in seventh place after shooting a 10-over par 298 today. Its round was the fifth lowest today. For the tournament, the Spartans are 35-over par 899 (297-304-298).
"We played better today, but still haven't put everything together this week," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We have one more round to do that tomorrow. I am really excited to conclude the Big Ten Championship tomorrow with these three seniors. I hope they are able to embrace the moment and enjoy their experience."
Senior Matthew Moseley is the top Spartan after two days, currently in a tie for 13th at 6-over par 222 (74-73-75). Moseley leads the entire field with 41 pars so far this weekend.
Classmate Dave Ellis moved up a couple spots today after a 2-over par 74. He is tied for 29th at 11-over par 227 (76-77-74). His brother Dan struggled today, posting a 9-over par 81, moving him back into a tie for 39th at 14-over par 230 (74-75-81).
Freshman Mitch Rutledge had the best round of the day for the Spartans, shooting a 1-over par 73, jumping up 12 spots into a tie for 39th at 14-over par 230 (78-79-73). He finished strong today, making birdies on two of his last four holes. Junior Carson Castellani is tied for 44th after today with a 15-over par 231 (73-81-76).
Four-time defending champion Illinois expanded its lead today, carding a 3-under par 285 to move to 6-over par 870 for the weekend. Minnesota is second at 13-over 877, followed by Indiana and Iowa tied for third at 26-over par 890.
The Illini's Thomas Pieters is the lone golfer in red figures, after three consecutive rounds of 2-under par 70. Pieters (6-under par 210) leads teammate Brian Campbell and Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen by seven shots.
The final round begins tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET.