SAMMAMISH, Wash. - Michigan State men’s golf completed play at the Washington Regional, finishing 11th with a 44-over 896 (300-301-295). The regional took place at the par 71 6,885-yard Aldarra Golf Club outside Seattle.
Final Washington Regional Results
The top-five teams advance on to the NCAA Championships led by No. 1 Southern California, which finished first with a score of 3-under 849 (280-283-286), while No. 12 Kent State finished second with a 3-over 855 (287-282-286). No. 24 Florida State, No. 36 Alabama and MSU’s Big Ten rival Penn State also advance.
“We just had a couple guys who weren’t sharp and weren’t confident. They played as hard as they could, and I was really proud of the effort. Other than Michael (Sharp), the other guys just struggled a little bit,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “We had a good season. I hate to see it end early, but it was a good season. I think the standard of getting to the NCAA Tournament is a good measurement of the program.”
Junior Michael Sharp was the top Spartan in all three rounds, ending the final round tied for 15th with a 2-over 215 (73-72-70). The junior got better with each round and finished the tournament with 11 birdies and 34 pars. Sharp’s third-round 70 was the lowest for a Spartan at the NCAA Regional and tied his fourth-lowest round of the season.
“Michael had a great week and had a good chance today. He is going to be huge for us next year. He has made huge strides this week after huge improvements from last season to this year. He will take this momentum moving forward and use it to be one of our studs next year,” Lubahn said.
Freshman Kaleb Johnson finished tied for 47th with a 14-over 227 (73-80-74). The freshman’s day was highlighted by back-to-back birdies on the 11th and 12th holes. Johnson ended the tournament with seven birdies.
Senior Charlie Netzel ended his final tournament as a Spartan tied for 56th with a score of 16-over 229 (77-77-75). Redshirt junior Charlie Green also finished tied for 56th, ending the tournament with third-round 76. Green shot a 79 in the first round and added a 74 in the second.
Freshman Andrew Walker was 71st with a 27-over 240 (77-78-85). Walker returned to the lineup for the first time since the Bearcat Invitational in September after suffering an injury.
The Spartans will say goodbye to a trio of seniors in Charlie Netzel, Sam Weatherhead and Sean Friel.
“We are saying goodbye to three seniors, two of whom started a lot of events for us and one in Sean who started toward the end. It is always hard to see these guys go because they have helped build this program, but it is nice to go out at the NCAA Tournament. It is great that Charlie was able to play in two NCAA Tournaments; he won two times as an individual and was All-Big Ten. It was a pretty darn good career, no matter what,” Lubahn said.
This is the Spartans’ second-straight season advancing to the NCAA Regionals after playing in the Stillwater Regional in Oklahoma last year.