EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a three-week hiatus, the No. 33 Michigan State men's golf team is back in action heading back to the Palmetto State for the Clemson Invitational on April 7-9. The tournament is played at The Cliffs at Keowee Falls in Salem, South Carolina.
“I think we are all pretty excited to get back on the road after three weeks at home. The guys looked pretty sharp this past weekend, and I expect us to be ready to go Friday morning. The Keowee Falls Course is a great challenge around and on the greens, and our guys are already working off the knowledge we gained last year to prepare as diligently as we can. Our expectations remain the same each week which is to be aware and continue to improve as the event goes on. If we do that, I think we will be in the hunt come Sunday afternoon,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.
// CLEMSON INVITATIONAL
Date: April 7-9
Course: The Cliffs at Keowee Falls
Format: Stroke play
Schedule of Play: Three 18-hole rounds
Friday, April 7 – Round 1 (Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. ET)
Saturday, April 8 – Round 2 (Tee times start TBA)
Sunday, April 9 – Round 3 (Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. ET)
Tournament History: This is the second annual Clemson Invitational. In the inaugural event, Clemson captured the team title, while Michigan State finished fifth. Sam Weatherhead finished third in the event last season.
SECOND ANNUAL CLEMSON INVITATIONAL
2016 - Clemson
// THE COURSE
The 160-acre Keowee Falls Nicklaus Signature Golf Course combines a formidable par-72, 7,103-yard layout with exquisite natural surroundings, providing for an unmatched golf experience. Falls Creek, the course’s namesake, winds through seven holes, as the course stretches across rolling terrain with numerous elevation changes, tree-lined fairways, and lengthy par-3s.
Breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, heavily wooded surroundings, wildflowers, ponds, streams and ravines make it is easy to feel like you’re playing golf in a national park.
// TOURNAMENT FIELD
Boston College (171)
Michigan State (34)
Naval Academy (243)
Notre Dame (96)
// LIVE RESULTS
// LAST TIME OUT
Michigan State men’s golf fell to Iowa at the Chechessee Creek Dual in Okatie, South Carolina to conclude its Spring Break trip to the Palmetto State. Playing at the par 71 6,954-yard Chechessee Creek Club, the Hawkeyes ended the round with a 363, while the Spartans finished with a one-round score of 369. Michigan State freshmen Austin Jenner and Kaleb Johnson finished tied for second with matching one-round scores of 71. Jenner’s even-71 was the lowest of his young Spartan career.
// EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Weather.com Forecast (as of April 5)
Friday – 62 degrees; Partly Cloudy; Winds WNW 19 mph; 0 percent chance of rain
Saturday – 71 degrees; Mostly Sunny; Winds WNW 5 mph; 0 percent chance of rain
Sunday – 75 degrees; Partly Cloudy; Winds SE 5 mph; 0 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, So., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan/Mercer
No. 5 – Sean Friel, RS-Sr., Rochester Hills, Michigan/Brother Rice
Michigan State Statistics Link
// LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“We are super grateful to Clemson, Craig and Vicki Brown, and the entire community at the Cliffs for hosting us this week. The amenities and tournament atmosphere make the experience really special for the student-athletes and coaches.” Lubahn added.
// UP NEXT
The Spartans will remain on the road, traveling to the Boilermaker Invitational April 15-16 at Birick Boilermaker Golf Club in West Lafayette, Indiana. Last season, MSU finished fifth in the Boilermaker Invitational.