Men's Golf Fourth at Big Ten Championship
May 9, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team fell to fourth place after three rounds at the Big Ten Championship Saturday, shooting a 306 to finish the day at 296-297-306=899. Indiana surged to the lead with a third-round 291 to bring its total to 302-296-291=889. The Hoosiers are the only team to improve each round of the tournament. Second-place Ohio State had the best round of the day Saturday, firing a 289 to pull within two shots of the lead at 300-302-289. Minnesota stand in third place, only six shots back at 302-303-290=95.
"It was a disappointing day for us," said MSU head coach Ken Horvath. "But even though we didn't play great, we're still only 10 shots back. The good news is we have 18 holes to go and you never know what's going to happen. We just need to get our confidence back up and come back tomorrow more focused, ready to go at it."
MSU freshman Brent Goik (Bay City, Mich.) remained in the hunt for individual medalist honors, carding a 77 for a three-round total of 72-70-77=219. Goik, who led the tournament after 36 holes, is tied for second with Craig Matthew of Ohio State and Adam Dooley of Minnesota, who shot 67 and 68, respectively, on Saturday to jump up the leader board. Junior Matt Pumford (East Lansing, Mich.) is only six shots off the pace, his 73-76-74=223 total placing him 10th. Indiana's Corey Sullivan and Ohio State's Ryan Armour are tied for the lead with identical 72-73-72=217 scorecards.
"I started the day pretty nervous," said Sullivan. "I had a bogey on the eighth and that got me upset, thinking I had to pick it up a little. But I had three straight birdies on the back nine at 13, 14 and 15, and I put it real close on 17, so I was able to bounce back."
The final 18 holes will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday, with the Spartans set to tee off at 8:40. Competition should wrap up at approximately 2 p.m.
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