EAST LANSING, Mich. - Concluding its tour of the Palmetto State, the No. 32 Michigan State men’s golf team will take on Big Ten Rival Iowa on Sunday, March 12 at the Chechessee Creek Dual in Okatie, South Carolina. The Spartans are coming off a win at the Colleton River Collegiate in Bluffton, South Carolina on March 7.
“The dual match versus Iowa is a great way to continue to develop into the spring. We are looking forward to competing against a great Hawkeye team on a spectacular golf course. We are honored that such a great club would open their doors to our squads, and we will use the opportunity to put our teams through a great test. It will be important for us to springboard into the main part of the spring season at the end of our break,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.
// CHECHESSEE CREEK CLUB DUAL
Date: March 12, 2017
Chechessee Creek Club
Format: Stroke Play (Play 6, Count 5)
Schedule of play: One 18-hole round
Sunday, March 12 – Round 1 (Tee times start at 11:30 a.m. ET)
// THE COURSE
Chechessee Creek Club is a timeless golf experience nestled within a landscape of ancient, mossy live oak and long-leaf pine forests, and along the verdant marsh lined waters of Chechessee Creek. From the design of the Coore & Crenshaw course to the understated warm architecture of the clubhouse, to the welcoming staff that serves here, to the Farm & Sea-to-Table cuisine that is prepared, Chechessee provides an authentic Lowcountry experience that is simple and natural.
It’s a place that attracts people who value friendship, and appreciate the natural and rhythmic journey of walking a world-class course. Its a place where people come not to be seen, but to share great golf, food, and camaraderie. Its a place that hearkens back to when golf and life was less complicated.
// TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golf Stat Ranking)
Michigan State (32)
// LAST TIME OUT
Michigan State men’s golf captured its third tournament title of the 2016-17 season by winning the fifth-annual MSU-hosted Colleton River Collegiate at the Colleton River Club in Bluffton, South Carolina.
The Spartans started the day in second place behind UAB, but rallied to capture the team title with a 20-over 884 (293-299-292). MSU’s third-round 292 was the lowest round of the day. The Spartans ended the day with three players in the top four.
This win was particularly special as Spartan Alum and tournament supporter Al Thiess passed away last month. The team was able to pass along the trophy to his widow, Willa.
// EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Weather.com Forecast (as of March 10)
Saturday – 55 degrees; Sunny; Winds NNE 14 mph; 70 percent chance of rain
// MICHIGAN STATE’S LINEUP
No. 1 – Charlie Netzel, Sr., Western Springs, Illinois/Lyons Township
No. 2 – Michael Sharp, Jr., Kendallville, Indiana/East Noble
No. 3 – Kaleb Johnson, Fr., Naples, Florida/Gulf Coast
No. 4 – Dylan Deogun, RS Fr., Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Cranbrook Kingswood Prep/Mercer
No. 5 – Austin Jenner, Fr., West Branch, Michigan/Skeels Christian
No. 6 – Charlie Green, RS Jr., Ann Arbor, Michigan/Detroit Catholic Central
Michigan State Statistics Link
// LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“We have to keep the momentum going after the Colleton River win. We are still struggling a bit at the bottom of lineup, so it will be an important couple days, trying to get the new guys in the lineup a little more comfortable. We hope to put up some better numbers on Sunday against a tough Iowa team,” Lubahn added.
// UP NEXT
The Spartans will take a few weeks off and return to action April 7-9 back in the Palmetto State. Michigan State will play in the Clemson Invitational at Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Sunset, South Carolina.