Oct. 7, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Through scattered inclement weather, included a 30-minute delay, the Michigan State men's golf is tied for first after the first round of the Fightin Irish Gridiron Classic. The Spartans shot a 3-over par 287 at the Warren Golf Course and are tied for Houston. Senior Matthew Moseley and junior Carson Castellani are tied for third and are one shot off the individual lead, after shooting 1-under par 70.
"A good day for our guys, as we played hard from start to finish," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "We battled through some difficult weather and some tough spots in the round, to put ourselves in a position to win with 36 holes to play. We avoided big numbers and played to our strength on the par 5's, which are things we talked about all fall. I am proud of the round by Carson Castellani and Matthew Moseley, but everyone did their part today. They are good things to build off of the next two days."
Moseley led the Spartans with five birdies this afternoon, while Castellani had a career-high four. Castellani's round of 70 was his career low.
Sophomore McCormick Clouser is tied for 17th after Sunday's play, after carding a 2-over par 73. Senior Dan Ellis is tied for 27th at 3-over 74, while freshman Mitch Rutledge is tied for 34th at 4-over 75. Playing as an individual, senior Dave Ellis is tied for 43rd with a 5-over 76.
The Spartans and Cougars are one shot up on UT Arlington (288) and five strokes clear of San Francisco. Houston's Curtis Reed and UT Arlington's Paul McConnell both shot 2-under par 69 to hold the overnight lead.
The second round is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET.