Sept. 16, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - An impressive second round this afternoon vaulted the Michigan State men's golf team into first place after 36 holes of the Wolverine Intercollegiate. The Spartans hold a two-shot lead with a 3-over par 571 (294-277), while sophomore Mitch Rutledge is second with a 6-under par 136 (70-66).
The Spartans opened the day at the University of Michigan Golf Course with a 10-over par 294 to sit in seventh place after the first round, but jumped up the leaderboard in the afternoon. MSU's second round of 7-under par 277 tied for the sixth lowest in program history and the second best under head coach Casey Lubahn.
"It was a great effort by the boys today," said Lubahn. "I thought we really started to find a rhythm there in the middle of the second round, led by Mitch Rutledge with a great round of 66. It was important, as we continue to build on our experiences with this young team, to put ourselves in contention this early in the season. Tomorrow we need to continue to follow the game plan to close it out."
Michigan State is two shots clear of Michigan and Lamar entering tomorrow's final round.
Rutledge had his best day as a Spartan today, currently in second place with his 6-under par 136. He is four shots behind San Jose State's Cody Blick (10-under 132), but four strokes better than third place. Rutledge's second round of 5-under par 66, was a career low, and tied for the sixth-best in MSU history. After two rounds, he is tied for the tournament lead with 26 pars, while also posting eight birdies, which was sixth in the field. Rutledge was bogey-free over his final 29 holes.
After struggling in his collegiate debut last week, freshman Charlie Netzel showed today why he was named a Big Ten Golfer to Watch in the preseason. Netzel followed up an opening round 74 with an afternoon 3-under par 68. He currently is tied for eighth at even par 142. Netzel began the day 4-over par after just three holes and 5-over par after 12 holes, but finished the day strong, going 5-under in his last 24 holes. He leads the team and is fourth in the field with nine birdies today, while also pacing the field in par-3 scoring at 2-under par.
Redshirt freshman Sean Friel also climbed the leaderboard in the afternoon. Friel is currently tied for 18th at 3-over par 145 (75-70). Senior Carson Castellani and freshman Sam Weatherhead had matching scores today with rounds of 6-over par 148 (75-73), and are among a group tied for 32nd.
Playing as an individual, junior Jon Finley is tied for 23rd at 4-over par 146 (74-72).
The final round is set to tee off at 8:45 a.m. ET tomorrow.