April 28, 2012
FRENCH LICK, Ind. - With 18 holes remaining in the 2012 Big Ten Championship, the Michigan State men's golf team is tied for second, posting a 27-over par 891 (292-303-296) through three rounds at the Pete Dye Course at the French Lick Resort. Junior Dan Ellis is tied for third individually at 2-over par 218, after shooting a 1-under par 71 today.
"I am proud of the guys. We came out ready to play and had a really nice start," said first-year Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "Aside from a couple unforced errors and big numbers, we stuck to the plan all day and the results showed.
"Tomorrow is going to be a fun day. This is why we practice and do all those little things all year, to be in this position in the final round of the Big Ten Championship. If we go out and play our games, we should come up with a good score and be in the hunt to win."
The Spartans are tied with No. 31 Indiana, and trail No. 38 Illinois, the three-time defending champion, by seven shots. This year's Big Ten Championship field includes six of the top-70 programs in the nation, according to Golfstat.
Ellis' round of 71 was tied for the fifth lowest in the field today, moving him up two spots on the leaderboard. He continues to lead all Big Ten golfers in par-3 scoring this weekend at 2-under par, while ranking third in birdies with 11.
Junior Matthew Moseley is tied for 11th after two days, scoring a 7-over par 223 (70-77-76). Fellow junior Dave Ellis is a shot back at 8-over 224 (72-77-75) and is in 13th alone. Ellis is second in the field with 37 pars, and ranks third in par-5 scoring at 4-under par.
Freshman McCormick Clouser had the second-best round of the day for MSU, posting a 2-over 74 to move up into a tie for 21st at 12-over par 228 (76-78-74). Clouser is second on the team and fifth overall with 10 birdies.
Rounding out the Spartan lineup, senior Chris Mory is tied for 43rd at 20-over par 236 (82-76-78).
Illinois' Luke Guthrie, who ranks 23rd in the nation, shot a 5-under par 67 today to open up a seven shot lead on the individual scoreboard. Guthrie is at 6-under par 210 through three rounds.
Sunday's final round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. ET, with the first Spartan teeing off at 8:40 a.m. ET.