Sept. 18, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Concluding its stretch of 108 days of competitive golf in four days, the Michigan State men's golf team moved up to sixth place at the Inverness Intercollegiate in Toledo, Ohio on Tuesday. The Spartans shot a final round 13-over par 297 at the Inverness Club, the second-lowest round of the day, to finish the tournament at 35-over par 887 (299-291-297).
"Today was a nice way to finish a fun six day stretch of golf," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "The guys had their best nine holes of the weekend this afternoon to finish strong. It tells a lot about their character, toughness and ability to bounce back. I am really proud of the young guys. They didn't miss a beat and shows that they have good leadership to follow.
"We leave again on Friday for Northwestern in what will be another good field on a world-class golf course. We need to get back to campus, get our studying in, and continue to get better on the golf course."
Senior Matthew Moseley led the Spartans at Inverness, posting his best finish and lowest score of the season. He overcame a difficult opening round to finish tied for 13th at 6-over par 219 (80-66-73). It was Moseley's second top-20 finish of the season.
Sophomore McCormick Clouser was the most consistent and steady Michigan State golfer over the back-to-back tournaments. After tying for 20th over the weekend, he tied for 15th today, equaling his total from Wolf Run with a 7-over par 220 (73-72-75). Clouser led the field with two eagles, both coming in yesterday's second round, and in par-5 scoring at 5-under par. He was also fifth in par-3 scoring, playing the holes even.
Senior Dan Ellis tied for 25th with a 10-over par 223 (73-75-75), while freshman Mitch Rutledge tied for 33rd at 12-over 225 (73-78-74) and senior Dave Ellis tied for 52nd at 21-over 234 (80-78-76).
Playing as an individual, junior Carson Castellani had his best finish since his collegiate debut, tied for 17th, carding a 8-over par 221 (73-75-73). Castellani led the team at Inverness with nine birdies, which was 11th in the field.
Northwestern came from behind on Tuesday to take the team title by nine strokes with a total of 16-over par 868. Florida State, Kent State and North Texas tied for second at 27-over par 879.
The Spartans have another quick turnaround, returning to action on Sunday and Monday at the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern at Skokie Country Club.