Men's Golf Comes in Fifth at the Marquette Intercollegiate
Kaleb Johnson ties for 10th to lead MSU.
HARTFORD, Wisconsin - The Michigan State men's golf team claimed fifth place at the Marquette Intercollegiate with a 30-over-par 894 (298-295-301). The Spartans posted a 13-over-par 301 in Tuesday's final round at Erin Hills, site of the 2017 U.S. Open.
Top-ranked Texas A&M won the tournament at 2-over-par 866, finishing 11 strokes ahead of second-place UCLA. The Spartans were the top-placing Big Ten team in the competitive, 15-team field.
"Now that were through this four week stretch of hard courses, I think there's a little relief right now," said MSU head coach Casey Lubahn. "We actually did a lot of good stuff these past four weeks, especially this week at Erin Hills. It's nice to know the group we have can compete hard, not always be at their best, and still be in a good spot. Now how do we mature going forward. All in all, this tournament was another good step forward for a young team."
Kaleb Johnson led all Spartans individually with a 10th-place finish. Johnson turned in a 1-under-par 71 in Tuesday's final round and finished the tournament 2-over-par 218 (76-71-71).
Michael Sharp started his final round by birdying three of the first four holes and wound up shooting a 1-over-par 73. For the tournament, he was 7-over-par 223 (73-77-73) and tied for 19th place.
"Kaleb and Michael have obviously been very solid for us," said Lubahn. "Kaleb has a flair for putting together good rounds and Michael is very steady. I'm so proud of their consistency and leadership."
Charlie Green ended the tournament at 16-over-par 232 (74-77-81).
Harry Ellis of Florida State and Austin Kendziorski of Marquette tied for medalist honors at 3-under-par 213.
After four consecutive weeks of tournament play, the Spartans will be off until Oct. 16-17 when they head to Carmel, Indiana, for the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate.