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Spartans to Meet Penn State in the Challenge at Champions

Feb. 21, 2018

EAST LANSING - The Michigan State men’s golf team will go head-to-head with Penn State this weekend in the Challenge at Champions. The two teams will square off in a one-round, stroke play event on Saturday at the Champions Golf Club Cypress Creek Course in Houston, Texas.

The Spartans are ranked 49th in the latest Golfstat rankings released on Tuesday, while Penn State is ranked 40th.

THE CHALLENGE AT CHAMPIONS
February 24, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET
Champions Golf Club, Cypress Creek Course
Par: 71
Yardage: 7,301
Format: 18 holes, stroke play (play 6, count 5)

THE COURSE
Champions Golf Club was founded by Jack Burke, Jr. and the late Jimmy Demaret in 1957. From its origin, Champions has consistently carved its place in golf history, hosting such prestigious events as the Ryder Cup in 1967, the U.S. Open in 1969 and the PGA Tour’s Champions International.

The Cypress Creek course was designed by Ralph Plummer and opened for play in 1959. With over 70,000 trees, wide fairways and enormous greens, it remains one of America’s premier tournament sites.

RECENT TOURNAMENT HISTORY
2016: Penn State 364, Michigan State 368
2017: Penn State 355, Michigan State 365

THE LINEUP
No. 1 - Kaleb Johnson (So., Naples, Fla.)
No. 2 - Michael Sharp (Sr., Kendallville, Ind.)
No. 3 - James Piot (Fr., Canton)
No. 4 - Andrew Walker (So., Battle Creek)
No. 5 - Charlie Green (Sr., Ann Arbor)
No. 6 - Austin Jenner (So., West Branch)

 

 

THE LAST TIME OUT: B1G MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONS
Michigan State won its second Big Ten Match Play Championship in three seasons, earning a share of the title with Purdue on Feb. 10 in Palm Coast, Florida. The Spartans topped Rutgers and Indiana by identical 5-1 scores in the first and second rounds, respectively, but fell to Penn State in the third round, 4-2. MSU tied Purdue in the final, 3-3.

Senior Michael Sharp was named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week by going 3-1 in the event to help lead the Spartans to a share of the championship.

LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“This is really a neat event and both teams have alumni in the area that serve as captains. The big thing for us is this tournament format tests your depth. In a play six, count five format, the sixth guy becomes incredibly important and our sixth guy was great the last time out in the Big Ten Match Play. It’s a big golf course and it’s going to be a battle between two really good teams.”

EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
High of 79, low of 55 … 80% chance of afternoon thunderstorms

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