Sept. 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team executed down the stretch to win the 2013 Wolverine Intercollegiate on Tuesday afternoon. The Spartans maintained a two shot lead entering today's final round, and kept that slim margin into the final holes, holding off Lamar by two with a 54-hole total of 1-under par 851 (294-277-280). MSU's total tied for the sixth-lowest 54-hole score in program history.
It is the third tournament title for Michigan State in head coach Casey Lubahn's three seasons.
"I am super proud of our guys and the composure they had today from the start, right through to the finish," said Lubahn. "They just looked and acted like they were comfortable, which led to good golf shots all day long. To receive two rounds in the 60s today from freshmen, and have Mitch play well and finish tied for third, are really good signs moving forward and things we need to continue next week at Notre Dame."
Both MSU and Lamar posted impressive rounds of 4-under par 280 this afternoon at the University of Michigan Golf Course. The Spartans' round tied for the 13th-best in program history, coming off of yesterday's second round 277, which tied for sixth all-time.
It was a balanced effort over both days by the young Michigan State team, which featured a senior, sophomore and three freshmen. Three Spartans placed in the top-10, and all five were among the top-21 finishers.
Leading the Spartans was sophomore Mitch Rutledge, who tied for third at 3-under par 210 (70-66-74). It was Rutledge's best career finish, and topped his previous 54-hole low by nine shots. He led the field with 40 pars over the two days.
Redshirt freshman Sean Friel and freshman Charlie Netzel also posted top-10 efforts, tying for ninth at 1-over par 214. Both golfers saw huge improvements from last week, where they both tied for 51st in their collegiate debuts.
Friel showed steady progression over his three rounds this week, closing with a 2-under par 69 today, after opening rounds of 75 and 70 yesterday. He finished second on the team and ninth in the field with 11 birdies this week.
Netzel shot a 1-over par 72 today to follow up a 74-68 day yesterday. Netzel was the team leader with 13 birdies, good for third in the field, while also pacing the tournament in par-3 scoring at 1-under par.
Freshman Sam Weatherhead tied Friel for the best round by MSU today, carding a 2-under par 69 to move up into a tie for 19th at 4-over par 219 (75-73-69). Meanwhile, senior Carson Castellani had his second-straight solid outing to begin the season, tying for 21st at 5-over par 218 (75-73-70). His total of 218 tied his career low, set last week, where he tied for 19th.
Playing as an individual, junior Jon Finley tied for 37th with a 9-over par 222 (74-72-76).
The Spartans return to the site of their last tournament win next week, when they head to Notre Dame for the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Sept. 23-24. MSU edged out a one shot victory last season at Warren Golf Course.