Men's Golf Finishes Sixth
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 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
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