Oct. 8, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team opened up a seven shot lead at the Fightin Iirsh Gridiron Classic after 36 holes. The Spartans shot a season-low 2-under par 282 on Monday at Warren Golf Course, and is 1-over 569 for the tournament. Four MSU golfers are currently in the top-15, led by senior Matthew Moseley, who is tied for second.
"More of the same as yesterday for our guys," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "We didn't have our best stuff, all five guys said they didn't strike the ball well, but we found a way to score the golf ball and manage our mistakes. We have been waiting for Mitch to put together a full round for a day, and I am super proud of his round today. Lastly, every round of golf teaches you about yourself and your attention to detail. We will have to put it all together tomorrow and see what happens."
Moseley continued his solid early season play, posting an even par 71 today to remain at 1-under par for the tournament. He leads the team with nine birdies through 36 holes.
Freshman Mitch Rutledge carded his lowest round of the season with a 3-under par 68 on Monday. He moved up 27 spots on the leaderboard into a tie for seventh at 1-over par 143. After starting the tournament yesterday at 6-over thru seven holes, Rutledge has put it together since, playing the final 29 holes at 5-under par, including six birdies and only one bogey.
Senior Dan Ellis and sophomore McCormick Clouser are tied for 13th at 3-over par 145. Ellis shot an even par 71 today, while Clouser posted a 1-over 72. Junior Carson Castellani followed up his career-low 1-under par 70 yesterday with a 6-over 77 today, and is tied for 24th. Senior Dave Ellis is playing as an individual and is tied for 48th at 10-over 152 (76-76).
UNC Wilmington is second at 8-over par 576, while San Francisco is third at 9-over 577. UNC Wilmington's Thomas Bass (3-under 139) holds a 2-shot lead over Moseley for the individual title.
Tuesday's final round is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. ET.