EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 43 Michigan State men’s golf will travel to Bluffton, South Carolina, to start its spring break week in the Palmetto State as the host institution for the fifth-annual Colleton River Collegiate Monday-Tuesday, March 6-7 at the Colleton River Club.
“We continue to be very proud of hosting this event at Colleton River Club. The Spartan Alum who created this event with us, Al Thiess, passed away last week. I know his spirit will be with us as we host a great field on a spectacular facility. This event is directly because of his efforts and we owe him and his wife Willa our eternal gratitude. We will honor him the same way he honored us – by giving our all every day, remembering the values of true sportsmanship and enjoying the opportunities we have,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.
// COLLETON RIVER COLLEGIATE
Date: March 6-7
Course: Colleton River Collegiate, Dye Course
Format: Stroke play
Schedule of Play: Three 18-hole rounds
Monday, March 6 – Round 1 & 2 (Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. ET)
Monday, March 6 – Round 2 (Tee times start at 1:15 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, March 7 – Round 3 (Tee times start at 8 a.m. ET)
Admission: The public is welcome to attend, and the event is free of charge.
// THE COURSE
Located along the Atlantic Ocean in Bluffton, the Colleton River Plantation Club hosted the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, its first U.S.G.A. Championship. Colleton River is a 1,500 acre, member-owned golf community that is surrounded on three sides by water. The only one of its kind in the southeast United States, the Colleton River Pete Dye Course, which opened in 1998, is a stunning links-type course that has unobstructed views of Port Royal Sound and the Atlantic Ocean from 11 of its 18 holes. Stretching more than 7,300 yards, it plays through dense Lowcountry forest as well as open scenic wetlands – and common to many of Dye’s designs, it features small, undulating greens that are well-protected by pot bunkers.
In addition to the hosting of the U.S. Junior Amateur, Colleton River’s Pete Dye Course has hosted eight U.S.G.A. qualifiers since 2005, including three U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs and one U.S. Senior Open. Also, the course has held the 2001 and 2011 South Carolina Amateur Championship.
For more information on the Colleton River Plantation Club, visit www.colletonriverclub.com.
// TOURNAMENT FIELD
Michigan State (43)
Cleveland State (149)
// LIVE RESULTS
// 2016 COLLETON RIVER COLLEGIATE FLASHBACK
Last season, College of Charleston captured the Colleton River Collegiate title with an 891 total (+27), with Michigan State finishing in third for the second-straight season. Josh Heinze was the Spartans’ top finisher with a seventh-place finish with a 5-over 221.
// EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Weather.com Forecast (as of March 2)
Monday – 70 degrees; Partly cloudy; Winds ESE 10 mph; 0 percent chance of rain
Tuesday – 75 degrees; Partly cloudy; Winds SE 10 mph; 20 percent chance of rain
// MICHIGAN STATE’S LINEUP
No. 1 – Michael Sharp, Jr., Kendallville, Indiana/East Noble
No. 2 – Charlie Netzel, Sr., Western Springs, Illinois/Lyons Township
No. 3 – Kaleb Johnson, Fr., Naples, Florida/Gulf Coast
No. 4 – Dylan Deogun, So., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Prep/Mercer
No. 5 – Austin Jenner, Fr., West Branch, Michigan/Skeels Christian
No. 6 – Charlie Green, R-Jr., Ann Arbor, Michigan/Detroit Catholic Central
No. 7 – Glenn Piot, So., Canton, Michigan/Detroit Catholic Central
Michigan State Statistics Link
// LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“Our team is growing through a tough spring with the injuries, but I believe in these guys and we are going to keep improving every week. This team has the talent and work ethic to give us a chance to win come Tuesday afternoon, and this is what we plan to do. All in all, this is another great chance to move this program forward,” Lubahn added.
// UP NEXT
The Spartans are No. 43 in the latest GolfWeek rankings and will continue their Spring Break trip in South Carolina to participate in the Chechessee Creek Club Dual against Big Ten Rival Iowa in Okatie, South Carolina, on March 12.