Oct. 22, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team overcame a tough opening round to jump up the scoreboard in the second round on Monday, to sit in third place at the Georgetown Intercollegiate. The Spartans were in 10th place after the first round (16-over par 300), but bounced back to post a 4-under par 280 in the afternoon. MSU's second round 280 was the lowest round of the day at The Members Club at Four Streams, and tied for the 12th-best 18-hole score in program history.
"I thought we learned an important lesson today - we are only as good as our last shot," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "Coming off a win at Notre Dame, we came out very lackadaisical. Our second round was a step in the right direction. Coach Winger and I saw fight and consistency, and we will need to continue that tomorrow."
Senior Dan Ellis and junior Carson Castellani led Michigan State on Monday, sitting in a tie for 13th at 3-over par 145. Ellis, who has a team-best eight birdies, opened with a 76, but bounced back with a season-low 2-under 69 in the afternoon. He took advantage of the par-5s, playing them at 6-under par, the best in the field. Castellani was fairly consistent all day with rounds of 2-over par 73 and 1-over par 72.
Freshman Mitch Rutledge is also among the top-20, in a tie for 17th at 4-over par 146 (75-71). He is third in the field with 27 pars through 36 holes. Senior Matthew Moseley is tied for 21st at 5-over par 147 (79-68). His second round 68 was the lowest round by any golfer on Monday, and was his fifth round of under-par golf this season. Rounding out the Spartan lineup, sophomore McCormick Clouser is tied for 32nd at 7-over par 149 (76-73).
Toledo leads the field at 7-over par 575, one shot clear of Notre Dame. Eastern Michigan's Brian Churchill Smith is the top individual at 4-under par 138 through 36 holes.
The final round is set to begin at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday.