Kaleb Johnson Ties for Second as Spartans Take Sixth at the Crooked Stick Invitational
Johnson earned his second top-two finish of the season.
CARMEL, Indiana - The Michigan State men’s golf team wrapped up the Crooked Stick Invitational in Carmel, Indiana, with the final round on Tuesday. The Spartans ended the tournament at 14-over-par 878 (295-282-301) to take sixth place. No. 9 Kentucky finished atop the 12-team field with an even-par 864 (289-285-290) at the Crooked Stick Golf Club.
Sophomore Kaleb Johnson notched his second top-two finish of the fall as he tied for second place with a 1-under-par 215 (75-66-74).
“Obviously we’re good enough to compete against some of the nation’s best teams, but we’re making some mistakes that are keeping us from placing higher,” said MSU head coach Casey Lubahn. “I thought we played well overall. Our finish was good, but we all believe we should have been two to three spots better. We’re doing some good things.”
A day after his second-round 6-under-par 66, Johnson shot a 2-over-par 74 with the help of six birdies, in Tuesday’s final round.
“Kaleb just continued his strong fall and had a really good chance to win,” said Lubahn. “He’s really coming into his own and finding a way to get in contention even when he’s not playing his best.”
James Piot moved up 16 spots on the leaderboard on Tuesday as his 1-under-par 71 tied for the second-best score of the third round. Piot finished tied for 14th place – a career best – at 2-over-par 218 (72-75-71).
Michael Sharp tied for 23rd place at 5-over-par 221 (70-70-81). Sharp recorded his first collegiate hole-in-one on the par-3, 13th hole in Monday’s opening round.
In his first time in the lineup this season, Austin Jenner shot a 12-over-par 228 (78-75-75), taking 47th.
Dylan Deogun ended the tournament 18-over-par 234 (81-71-82).
Kentucky’s Cooper Musselman won the tournament with a 6-under-par 210.
Michigan State will complete its fall schedule with the Quail Valley Intercollegiate, Oct. 23-24.