Sep 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 2013-14 season got underway on Sunday for the Michigan State men's golf team, as the Spartans teed it up at the Gopher Inviational. After two rounds at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn., Michigan State is ninth at 31-over par 599 (305-294), led by senior Carson Castellani, who is tied for 10th at even par 142 (70-72).
"We got off to a great start and then hit a rough stretch we couldn't get out of until we had dug a deep hole," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "I was proud of our response in the second round until the last couple holes. Our guys have got their feet wet and we need to keep seeing improvement every day."
"Carson was very steady as usually and put himself in position to have a nice finish tomorrow."
Castellani opened the season by matching his career low with a 1-under par 70, and followed up with a 1-over par 72 in the afternoon. Castellani posted team-highs with six birdies and 25 pars on the day.
Three Spartans were making their collegiate debuts, as freshman Sam Weatherhead is tied for 41st with a 9-over par 151 (76-75), classmate Charlie Netzel is tied for 50th at 12-over par 154 (82-72) and redshirt freshman Sean Friel is in 54th at 14-over par 156 (81-75).
Sophomore Mitch Rutledge is in 49th place, after shooting a 11-over par 153 (78-75) today.
New Mexico, who finished last season No. 5 in the nation, leads after Sunday's action at 3-under par 565. Fellow NCAA participant Kent State is second at even par 568. There is a two-way tie atop the individual leaderboard as Iowa State's Nick Voke and Kent State's Corey Conners posted totals of 5-under par 137.
The final round begins tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. ET.