Men's Golf Finishes Fifth in Rain-Shortened Inverness Intercollegiate
Sept. 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team placed fifth today at the weather-shortened Inverness Intercollegiate, shooting an 11-over par 295 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Senior Dan Ellis led the Spartan effort, posting his third-straight top-5 finish to begin the season. Ellis tied for fourth with an even par 71.
Inclement weather in Toledo on Monday shortened the tournament to 18 holes today, forcing the team into a non-traditional mindset. Instead of playing 36 holes yesterday, the Spartans spent the day in their hotel room. So when play began this morning, it was an 18-hole sprint to the Inverness title.
"It was a challenging couple of days, especially after having a couple weeks off from competition," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "It's hard to keep up the momentum, but I thought the adversity and conditions helped us get focused. The Inverness Club is one of the world's most challenging golf courses, so I was happy with our results today.
"We were focused and took care of the things we could control. Aside from a couple holes in the middle of the round, our guys fought hard and did well for one round. We had three really good performances. Dan Ellis led us again, and McCormick and Matthew did a nice job of putting together a solid round when they weren't at their best."
Ellis has led MSU in all three events this fall, posting his first three career top-5 finishes. He had a team-best four birdies on the day.
Freshman McCormick Clouser carded his first career top-10 finish, tying for seventh with a 1-over par 72. Clouser finished strong, posting birdies on three of his last six holes, including his final two.
Junior Matthew Moseley placed in the top-20 for the third time in as many events this season, tying for 17th at 3-over par 74. Like Clouser, Moseley played better on the back side of his round, playing his last nine holes at 1-under.
Competing as an individual, sophomore Carson Castellani shot a 4-over par 75, to tie for 25th.
No. 31 Kent State took the team title, carding a 3-over par 287, finishing four shots in front of No. 37 Liberty. The host Rockets were third at 8-over 292, while Kentucky was fourth at 10-over 293. The Spartans finished in front of three teams in the Golfstat top-50, including No. 5 Florida, in addition to three Big Ten schools, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
Toledo's Dugan Murphy ran away with the individual title with an impressive 5-under par 66 to top the field by four shots.
"Looking ahead, we have a very important week, with a short turnaround before we leave for South Carolina," added Lubahn. "The environment will be completely different down there and we will need to be able to adjust in a short time."
Michigan State returns to action on Oct. 3-4 for the Rees Jones Invitational at the Haig Point Club in Daufuskie Island, S.C.
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