Oct. 6, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After the first round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate on Sunday, the Michigan State men's golf team is in 12th place with a score of 12-over par 300. Senior Carson Castellani and sophomore Mitch Rutledge were the top Spartans with rounds of 1-over par 73 at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis.
Castellani and Rutledge are tied for 33rd. Rutledge bounced back from a tough start to the day, which saw him 3-over after three holes, with birdies on No. 5, 11 and 14, before dropping a shot at No. 17 to finish with his 73. Castellani also had three birdies in his round, including two on the par-3s, which put him atop the field in par-3 scoring (2-under).
Freshman Charlie Netzel is tied for 54th after an opening round of 4-over par 76. Netzel had three birdies in his final five holes to improve his day. Classmate Sam Weatherhead is in a tie for 64th with a 6-over 78, while redshirt freshman Sean Friel is tied for 67th at 7-over par 79.
No. 8 Stanford holds a six shot lead over No. 3 UCLA, after carding a 8-over par 280 today. There is a three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard at 4-under par 68 with Marquette's Zach Gaugert, SMU's Harry Higgs and Stanford's Patrick Rodgers.
Tomorrow's second round will begin at 9:30 a.m. ET.