INDEPENDENCE, Minnesota - The Michigan State men’s golf team got the 2017-18 season off to a solid start on Sunday at the Gopher Invitational in Independence, Minnesota at Windsong Farm Golf Club. The Spartans currently sit in fourth place in a 16-team field that features eight schools that played in last year’s NCAA Championships – including the national champions.
The Spartans shot a 6-over-par 290 in round one and are seven shots back of first-place Baylor. Arkansas shot an even-par 284 and San Diego State a 3-over-par 287 to round out the top four.
Sunday’s second round was suspended due to darkness at 8:30 p.m. ET and will resume Monday at 9:30 a.m. ET. The groups will then continue on to play the third and final round at the par-71, 7,388 yard course.
Sharp finished the opening round with four pars and a birdie on his last five holes and collected three birdies in all in the round. Walker also recorded three birdies in the opening round.
Green, who started the day on the second hole, parred every hole on the back nine and finished his round with 10 consecutive pars.
A trio of Spartans also took part in the Gopher Individual on Sunday, which is being played at Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minnesota. Freshman Zach Rosendale is tied for first in the individual competition having fired a 6-under-par 138. Rosendale shot a 2-under-par 70 in the opening round and then bettered it with a 4-under-par 68 in round two.
Austin Jenner shot a pair of 3-over-par 75s and is 6-over-par 150 after two rounds, tied for 14th place. A.J. Varekois fired a 5-over-par 77 in round one, and then a 2-over-par 74 to stand at 7-over-par 151 in 17th place.
The final round of the Gopher Individual is scheduled to begin at 8:20 a.m. ET on Monday.