Sept. 9, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team opened the 2013-14 season with a 10th-place showing at the Gopher Invitational, hosted at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn. The Spartans shot a final round 11-over par 295 on Monday to finish at 42-over par 894 (305-294-295).
"Tough start for our guys today," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "We got behind early and couldn't get any momentum going. Sam played a very disciplined and well-thought round. He also chipped and putted well, which is why it was a good number at the end of the day.
"We need to be much more disciplined with our priorities, and practice our short games before we leave for the Wolverine Intercollegiate."
Senior Carson Castellani led the Spartans, tying for 19th with a career-low 54-hole score of 5-over par 218 (70-72-75). It was Castellani's sixth career top-20 placement.
Freshman Sam Weatherhead shot the best round of the day for Michigan State, posting a 2-under par 69. Weatherhead moved up 14 spots today to tie for 27th at 7-over par 220 (76-75-69) overall in his collegiate debut. He tied for third in the field in par-3 scoring at 2-under par.
Castellani and Weatherhead tied for the team lead with seven birdies and 37 pars.
Sophomore Mitch Rutledge tied for 46th at 15-over par 228 (78-75-75). The pair of redshirt freshman Sean Friel (81-75-75) and freshman Charlie Netzel (82-72-77) shot 18-over 231 in their debuts to tie for 51st.
New Mexico held on to their first day lead to take home the team title with a score of 4-under par 848, topping Baylor by six shots. Kent State's Corey Conners was the individual winner, posting a 7-under par 206.
The Spartans continue the season next week at the Wolverine Intercollegiate in Ann Arbor on Sept. 16-17.