Men's Golf Finishes Sixth
 
 
 
Indiana wins the team title<br>at Forest Akers West.
 
Indiana wins the team title
at Forest Akers West.

 
 

May 10, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team finished sixth at the Big Ten championship Sunday at Forest Akers West Golf Course, carding a 304 in the fourth round to end at 296-297-306-304=1203. The Spartans led the tournament after 39 holes and stood fourth after 54.

"The guys gave it their all," said MSU head coach Ken Horvath. "I was a little disappointed today, though. I thought they were pressing too much trying to make something happen, and we didn't make the turn very well. But they gave 100 percent and that's all you can ask for.

"I think this could be a turning point for this team," added Horvath. "They can look back at this weekend and say 'Hey, we played with these guys for two days.'

Indiana captured the team title, outlasting three-time defending champion Ohio State. The Hoosiers fired a 288 in the final round to finish at 302-296-291-288=1177,and also walked away with some hardware. Senior Randy Leen was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year for the third consecutive time, while head coach Sam Carmichael was named Coach of the Year for 1998.

"I'm gonna enjoy this," said Carmichael. "The guys talked about winning on the way up here, and I thought they could do it. We pulled within five after the second round, but the third round was the key for us with Josh Brewer shooting 68. Our guys weren't intimidated and I'm just so proud of them."

MSU freshman Brent Goik (Bay City, Mich.) continued his solid play Sunday, striking a 73 to give him a 72-70-77-73=292 scorecard, good for a tie for fifth. Junior Matt Pumford (Saginaw, Mich.) also cracked the top 20, finshing tied for 15th at 73-76-74-78=301.

Ryan Armour of Ohio State walked away with individual medalist honors after posting a 72-73-72-70=287. He was the only golfer to break par for the weekend, finishing one-under. Josh Brewer of Indiana and Corey Sullivan of Indiana tied for second at 290.

"I played well individually," said Armour. "But the team trophy is what I was really looking for. Congratulations to Indiana, they have some great guys and they played well. They individual title is great and I don't want to downplay that, but I'm also disappointed for the team."

Minnesota's James McLean was named Freshman of the Year, and also won the Les Bolstad award for the lowest season stroke average.

1998 BIG TEN MEN'S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
FINAL RESULTS

FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
                        1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
    1. Indiana          302 296 291 288 1177
    2. Ohio State       300 302 289 289 1180
    T3. Minnesota       302 303 290 293 1188
     Northwestern       296 309 301 282 1188
    5. Michigan         307 304 296 287 1194
    6. Michigan State   296 297 306 304 1203    
    7. Illinois         318 296 298 296 1208
    8. Wisconsin        309 308 304 295 1216
    9. Purdue           304 305 308 303 1220
    10. Iowa            307 311 301 302 1221
    11. Penn State      312 312 313 295 1232
    
    MSU Individuals
T5.     Brent Goik      72-70-77-73=292
T15.    Matt Pumford    73-76-74-78=301
T30.    John Ehrgott    80-73-77-75=305
T37.    Matt Riegel     73-79-78-79=309
46.     Alberto Quevedo 78-78-78-78=312

AWARD WINNERS

Les Bolstad Award James McLean, Minnesota (71.2) (low season stroke average) Player of the Year Randy Leen, Indiana Freshman of the Year James McLean, Minnesota Coach of the Year Sam Carmichael, Indiana All-Big Ten Team Ryan Armour, Ohio State Mike Austin, Ohio State Josh Brewer, Indiana Luke Donald, Northwestern Adam Dooley, Minnesota Michael Harris, Michigan Rob Kerr, Minnesota Randy Leen, Indiana James McLean, Minnesota D.A. Points, Illinois

FINAL INDIVIDUAL STANDINGS 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total 1. Ryan Armour, OSU 72 73 72 70 287 T2. Josh Brewer, IND 75 77 68 70 290 Corey Sullivan, IND 72 73 72 73 290 4. Luke Donald, NW 74 75 75 67 291 T5. Randy Leen, IND 77 72 73 70 292 Brent Goik, MSU 72 70 77 73 292 T7. Michael Harris, MICH 73 80 73 67 293 Adam Dooley, MINN 77 74 68 74 293 T9. Jess Daley, NW 74 78 76 68 296 James McLean, MINN 75 76 76 69 296 11. Craig Matthew, OSU 75 77 67 78 298 12. Matt Seppanen, NW 68 79 73 78 298 T13. Mark Henderson, ILL 82 72 70 75 299 Ryan Cate, PUR 74 75 73 77 299 T15. Rob Kerr, MINN 76 77 73 75 301 D.A. Points, ILL 77 73 74 77 301 Byron Clift, PSU 73 77 74 77 301 Ryan Helminen, WIS 77 77 76 71 301 Keith Hinton, MICH 77 76 72 76 301 Matt Pumford, MSU 73 76 74 78 301 Mike Austin, OSU 77 78 74 72 301 22. Ed Parga, ILL 79 77 76 70 302 T23. Jeff Barney, MINN 75 79 73 76 303 Kevin Vernick, MICH 78 76 74 75 303 Jason Wombacher, IOWA 73 75 79 76 303 T26. Jeff Brown, OSU 78 77 76 73 304 Matt Gerlach, WIS 79 80 74 71 304 Michael Affeldt, MICH 79 75 77 73 304 Albert Hromulak, OSU 76 75 79 74 304 T30. John Ehrgott, MSU 80 73 77 75 305 C.J. Brock, WIS 75 76 76 78 305 Chris Englund, IOWA 78 78 74 75 305 Erik Ciotti, NW 80 77 77 71 305 T34. Larry Niger, ILL 80 74 79 74 307 Bill Thompson, MINN 76 76 80 75 307 36. Colby Huffman, PUR 77 78 75 78 308 T37. Matt Riegel, MSU 73 79 78 79 309 Scott Phillis, PSU 82 76 76 75 309 Jim Lemon, WIS 78 78 78 75 309 John Rhomberg, IOWA 78 81 77 73 309 T41. Matt Stutzman, IOWA 80 78 71 81 310 Steve Wheatcroft, IND 78 74 83 75 310 Ryan Chalfant, PUR 75 75 80 80 310 T44. Jim Sudac, PUR 78 79 82 72 311 Joey Chuasiriporn, PSU 81 83 77 70 311 46. Alberto Quevedo, MSU 78 78 78 78 312 T47. Bert Jones, PUR 80 77 80 76 313 John Barry, IND 78 79 78 78 313 T49. Scott Hayes, MICH 82 77 83 72 314 David Shaffer, NW 82 79 77 76 314 T51. Adam Turner, IOWA 78 80 82 78 318 Matt Abbott, PSU 79 80 86 73 318 John Carlson, WIS 80 77 79 82 318 54. Brian Atkinson, ILL 85 80 78 81 324 55. Brad Kittsley, PSU 79 79 87 81 326