Sept. 16, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team wrapped up competition at its first of two back-to-back tournaments on Sunday, finishing sixth at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind. The Spartan shot a 18-over par 302 today to finish at 31-over 883 (288-293-302) at Wolf Run Golf Club.
"It was a disappointing finish in this event," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We put ourselves in a position for a good round as we followed our plan early, but got away from it on the back side and dropped a spot in the standings. I am proud of our young guys - Mitch Rutledge and McCormick Clouser - for putting up good rounds today. It was tough out there and they battled through. We are all looking forward to getting better in the next two days at Inverness."
Freshman Mitch Rutledge posted his second-straight top-20 finish to begin his collegiate career. Rutledge finished tied for 17th at 6-over par 219 (72-72-75). Sophomore McCormick Clouser had the best round of the day for the Spartans, posting a 1-over par 72 to move up into a tie for 20th at 7-over par 220 (73-75-72). Seniors Dave Ellis (69-80-76) and Matthew Moseley (74-72-79) tied for 36th at 12-over par 225. Senior Dan Ellis tied for 47th in his first event of the season, carding a 14-over par 227 (74-74-79). Playing as an individual, junior Carson Castellani tied for 64th with a 24-over par 237 (79-78-80).
Illinois took the team title after shooting a 3-over par 855 for the weekend, topping Indiana, the tournament host, by three shots. Ohio State was third at 13-over par 865. The Hoosiers' Brant Peaper ran away with the individual championship, posting an 11-under par 202.
Michigan State now heads to Toledo, Ohio for the Inverness Intercollegiate on Monday and Tuesday at the Inverness Club (par-71, 7,255 yards). The initial 36 holes on Monday begins with a 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start.