Oct. 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team posted an 11th-place finish at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Erin Hills Golf Course in Erin, Wis. The Spartans shot a three-day total of 42-over par 906 (300-306-300) in a field that featured six of the top-50 programs in the country.
"Obviously a rough week for our boys," said MSU head coach Casey Lubahn. "I think there are some lessons we can take from this tournament as we move forward. Consistency is going to be a huge thing with this program, but obviously we haven't done that yet, but we are learning. We will be better next week, and all we can do right now is look forward."
Sophomore Mitch Rutledge led the Spartans, tying for 23rd with a 3-over par 219 (73-72-74). His total matched his third-lowest 54-hole score in his career, and it is his third-straight top-25 finish this season. Rutledge led MSU with 38 pars and was second with seven birdies this week.
Senior Carson Castellani matched Rutledge's 74 for the lowest Spartan round today to move up a couple spots on the leaderboard, for a tie for 49th at 10-over par 226 (73-79-74). Freshman Charlie Netzel shot a 14-over par 230 (76-77-77) and tied for 55th.
Freshman Sam Weatherhead had a streaky day to card a 3-over par 75. His round included five birdies, five pars and eight bogeys. Weatherhead finished in a tie for 58th with a 15-over par 231 (78-78-75). He led MSU with eight birdies this week. Redshirt freshman Sean Friel was not able to get it going this week, placing 76th at 23-over par 239 (79-83-77).
No. 8 Stanford led wire-to-wire to claim the team title with a 13-under par 851, finishing eight shots ahead of No. 6 UCLA. The Cardinal's Patrick Rodgers took home medalist honors with a 7-under par 209.
Michigan State returns to the links next week for the IU/Crooked Stick Collegiate on Oct. 14-15 in Carmel, Ind.