SUGAR GROVE, Ill. - The Michigan State men's golf team began the 2012-13 season this weekend by finishing eighth at the Northern Intercollegiate, hosted by Northern Illinois University at Rich Harvest Farm in Sugar Grove, Ill. The Spartan totaled a 77-over par 929 (307-322-300) over the two-day, 54-hole tournament.
Senior Matthew Moseley and freshman Mitch Rutledge both posted top-20 finishes, as Moseley tied for 13th and Rutledge was 18th. Moseley shot a 12-over par 225 (68-80-77), while Rutledge posted a 14-over par 227 (75-79-73) in his collegiate debut. Both golfers tied for the team lead with seven birdies.
"Obviously this was not the way we wanted to start the season," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We were bullied by a big golf course and we were not up to the challenge. Matt and Mitch played pretty steady. We need all the guys to step up this week as we prepare for our next tournament."
Senior Dave Ellis moved up 13 spots on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 36th at 24-over par 237 (83-80-74). Junior Carson Castellani also moved up the leaderboard in the final round, tying for 53rd at 32-over par 245 (86-83-76). Rounding out the Spartan lineup, sophomore McCormick Clouser tied for 58th at 34-over par 247 (81-83-83). Playing as an individual, senior Will Morris was 65th at 45-over par 258 (86-89-83).
Indiana won the team championship, pacing the field by 15 strokes with a total of 36-over par 888. Virginia's Denny McCarthy pulled away on the final day to take the individual title by three shots at 3-over par 216.
The Spartans return to action on Saturday at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind.