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Men's Golf in Lead at Big Ten Championship

Brent Goik is the top individual.

May 8, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Solid team play and an outstanding individual effort lifted the Michigan State menis golf team into first place after one day of the Big Ten Championship at Forest Akers West Golf Course. The Spartans fired a 296-297=593 over the first 36 holes to claim the lead and keep alive hopes of a worst-to-first story, while freshman Brent Goik (Bay City. Mich.) carded a 72-70=142 to lead the individual standings. MSU finished 11th at last seasonis Big Ten Championship. Second-place Indiana stands five strokes back after two rounds at 302-296=598, while Ohio State is in third place after striking a 300-302=602.

Goik, who entered the tournament with the highest stroke average on the team (77.1), had to earn his spot in this weekendis tournament by outlasting a teammate in a 36-hole qualifier Tuesday and Wednesday. He turned his opportunity into a career day. Goik shot even par in the first round despite bogeying the first three holes, and his two-under par 70 in the second round is the lowest single round of his career. He sandwiched 16 pars between birdies at the first and 18th holes in that round. Goik and Matt Seppanen of Northwestern, who shot a four-under 68 in the first round, were the only golfers to break par in any round Friday.

"I started off with the bogeys in the first 18 and scrambled a bit on the front nine this afternoon," Goik said. "But I felt confident. Everything felt like it was going to fall."

"Brent is playing this course very well,i said MSU head coach Ken Horvath. iHe won the Class A state championship here his senior year of high school, so heis comfortable on the course. He may be surprising some people, but heis not surprising us."

Ohio State's Ryan Armour (73-73) and Indiana's Corey Sullivan (72-73) are tied for second individually at 145, while six other golfers finished the first day under 150.

Two other MSU golfers also cracked the top 20. Junior Matt Pumford (Saginaw, Mich.) shot 73-76=149 to tie for sixth, while junior Matt Riegel (East Lansing, Mich.) tied for 17th at 73-76=152.

"I definitely like the position weire in," said Horvath. "We had three guys playing well and we're just looking for a fourth. We're half way home and with 36 holes to go. Hopefully we can keep it up."

And Horvath was not one to discount the advantage of playing on MSU's home course: "We're at home in front of friends and family, and we're playing well. It's a good time for us."

Play continues Saturday with the third round commencing at 9 a.m. Michigan State tees off at 10:20 a.m. and should be finished around 3 p.m. The final round will tee off Sunday at 8 a.m.

MSU Individuals 1. Brent Goik 70-72=142 T6. Matt Pumford 73-76=149 T17. Matt Riegel 73-79=152 T23. John Ehrgott 80-73=153 T36. Alberto Quevedo 78-78=156

1. Michigan State 296-297=593 1. Brent Goik, MSU 72-70=142 2. Indiana 302-296=598 T2. Ryan Armour, Ohio St. 72-73=145 3. Ohio State 300-302=602 T2. Corey Sullivan, Minn. 72-73=145 T4. Minnesota 302-303=605 4. Matt Seppamen, Niwestern 68-79=147 T4. Northwestern 296-309=605 5. Jason Wombacher, Iowa 73-75=148 6. Purdue 304-305=609 T6. Randy Leen, Indiana 77-72=149 7. Michigan 307-304=611 T6. Luke Donald, Niwestern 74-75=149 8. Illinois 318-296=614 T6. Matt Pumford, MSU 73-76=149 9. Wisconsin 309-308=617 T6. Ryan Cate, Purdue 74-75=149 10. Iowa 307-311=618 T10. D.A. Points, Illinois 77-73=150 11. Penn State 312-312=624 T10. Byron Clift, Penn St. 73-77=150 T10. Ryan Chalfant, Purdue 75-75=150 T13. C.J. Brock, Wisconsin 75-76=151 T13. James McLean, Minn. 75-76=151 T13. Adam Dooley, Minn. 77-74=151 T13. Albert Hromulak, Ohio St.76-75=151 T17. Josh Brewer, Indiana 75-77=142 T17. Craig Matthew, Ohio St. 75-77=152 T17. Bill Thompson, Minn. 76-76=152 T17. Matt Riegel, MSU 73-79=152 T17. Jess Daley, Niwestern 74-78=152 T17. Steve Wheatcroft, Indiana78-74=152

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