Spartans 10th After Opening Round of the NCAA Columbus Regional
Kaleb Johnson leads MSU in 18th place.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State men's golf team shot a 19-over-par 303 in the opening round of the NCAA Columbus Regional on Monday at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans currently stand in 10th place and are 10 shots out of the top five at the 7,364-yard course.
Top-ranked Oklahoma State, which leads the 13-team field at 3-under-par 281, and UNLV, which is in second at 2-under-par 282, were the only two schools to shoot under par on Monday. The top five teams from the regional will advance to the NCAA Championships.
"I think we just got off to a very slow start with some tough conditions," MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. "We stabilized a bit on the back nine and just have to start playing more consistent tomorrow to be in position to make a run in the final round on Wednesday."
Sophomore Kaleb Johnson led the Spartans with a 2-over-par 73 on Monday. After making the turn at 2-over-par, Johnson recorded an eagle on the par-4, 470-yard second hole when he lifted a shot with his sand wedge from 117 yards out onto the green and into the cup off one bounce. He was one of just three players to record an eagle on Monday and will go into Tuesday's round tied for 18th place.
Freshman James Piot carded a 5-over-par 76 as he was 3-over-par at the turn and then 2-over-par on the final nine holes. Piot is tied for 41st place.
Seniors Michael Sharp and Charlie Green and sophomore Andrew Walker all recorded 6-over-par 77s in the opening round and are tied for 51st. Sharp cut two strokes over the final nine holes, while Green was 6-over-par at the turn and was then even on holes 1-9. Walker was 3-over-par in both halves of his round on Monday.
Illinois' Michael Feagles leads individually at 3-under-par 71. He was one of seven players in the field of 76 to shoot under par.
The second round of the 54-hole tournament will take place on Tuesday as the Spartans will again start on hole No. 10 and tee off between 8:55-9:39 a.m.