Spartans Move up Leaderboard before Play is Halted in the NCAA Columbus Regional
Second round will resume at 7 a.m. on Wednesday.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
The Michigan State men’s golf team had a long second round on Tuesday at the NCAA Columbus Regional at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. The Spartans moved up two spots into eighth place and with just a handful of holes to go, play was suspended due to lightning at 2 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. it was announced the second round will be completed at 7 a.m. Wednesday morning. MSU will resume play at 28-over-par, 11 shots back of the top five.
Michigan State, Tennessee, Yale and Cleveland State will all finish their second rounds on Wednesday morning as the remaining nine teams all completed their rounds prior to the lightning delay.
Only two teams in the field are under par as top-ranked Oklahoma State remains in the lead at 9-under-par 559, three shots up on second place Illinois, which is 6-under-par 562. UNLV, at 7-over-par 575, Northwestern, at 15-over-par 583, and Texas Tech at 17-over-par 585 round out the top five. The top five teams after tomorrow’s final round will move on to the NCAA Championships.
Two Spartans – Charlie Green and Andrew Walker – were able to complete the second round prior to the suspension of play.
Green shot his second consecutive 6-over-par 77 in Tuesday’s second round and stands at 12-over-par 154 for the tournament.
Walker cut four strokes off his opening-round score by carding a 2-over-par 73 on Tuesday. Walker was even through nine holes and after a double bogey and bogey on holes No. 4 and 7, respectively, he bounced back nicely to end his day. Walker birdied No. 7 and then recorded back-to-back pars.
Walker is 8-over-par 150 (77-73) and tied for 33rd place.
Michael Sharp began his day with three birdies in the first half of his round to make the turn at 2-under-par. With one hole to go, he is 3-under-par 64.
Kaleb Johnson was 3-over-par on his first nine holes, which included an eagle – his second of the tournament – on the par-5, 562-yard 12th hole. The sophomore double bogeyed the ninth and 10th holes of his round, but rebounded with five consecutive pars and is 5-over-par 65 with three holes to play.
James Piot is 5-over-par 69 with two holes to go.
“We had a much better start today,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “We were hot for the first hour and a half and unfortunately cooled, but we’re still in good shape. The first thing we need to do tomorrow is to finish off our second round strong.”
Four players are tied for the individual lead at 3-under-par 139.