Feb. 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's golf begins the spring season on Friday with the first day of the Big Ten Match Play Championship at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The Spartans start the two-day event against Penn State at 7:30 a.m.
Friday morning's winner between MSU and PSU will face three-time defending champion Northwestern in the quarterfinals at 12 p.m.
"The Big Ten Match Play Championship is a great showcase of the talent in the conference on a great golf course," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "Concession Golf Club has been selected as the site of the 2015 men's and women's NCAA Finals, so it will certainly be a test for our guys.
"Match play is unique on many levels and it will be extremely important we make the necessary adjustments as the course and match dictates. We had a great prep session in Naples last week, so I expect us to be ready come Friday morning."
Traveling down to Florida are seniors Dan Ellis, Dave Ellis and Matthew Moseley, juniors Gareth Blease and Carson Castellani and freshman Mitch Rutledge. Five of the six Spartan will compete in each Big Ten matchup.
Four of the six traveling MSU golfers have experience at the Big Ten Match Play Championship, which is in its fifth season. Dan Ellis and Matthew Moseley have played in the event each of their three previous seasons, with Ellis going 2-3-3 and Moseley posting a 3-3-2 record. Dave Ellis has played the last two years, going 0-5. Blease played as a freshman in 2011, posting a 2-1 record.
Last year, Michigan State had two tough losses in the event, losing to Nebraska in a tiebreaker, then falling to Penn State, 3.5-2.5.
In the fall 2012 semester, Michigan State won its second tournament under Lubahn, claiming the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic on Oct. 7-9. It was a balanced effort by the Spartans through the fall's six tournaments as five different student-athletes posted top-20 individual finishes, including two top-5 placements by Moseley.
The event will be broadcast on Big Ten Network on tape delay, airing on Sunday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. ET.