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Spartan Men's Golf Returns to Midwest for the Boilermaker Invitational

April 13, 2017

Michigan State men's golf returns to familiar conditions, playing in the Boilermaker Invitational April 15-16 at the Kampen Course at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Course. The Spartans will play their next two tournaments in Big Ten country, traveling to Purdue before taking part in the Robert Kepler Invitational in Columbus, Ohio April 22-23.

Freshman Austin Jenner and junior A.J. Varekois will travel to Muncie, Indiana to play as individuals in the Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational, April 14-15, hosted by Ball State.

“I think the entire squad is ready to get back at it after not meeting our expectations last week. We learned some great lessons, and I know we will be ready to compete on a great golf course come Saturday morning. We have a very experienced squad competing this week, and we will need to rely upon our maturity and past performances to give ourselves a chance to be in contention Sunday afternoon. All our goals are still in front of us as we get ready for the postseason,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.

Date: April 15-16
Course: Kampen Course
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,465
Format: Stroke play
Schedule of Play: Three 18-hole rounds
Friday, April 15 – Round 1 (Tee times start at 8 a.m. ET)
Saturday, April 15 – Round 2 (Tee times start TBA)
Sunday, April 16 – Round 3 (Tee times start TBA)


The Kampen Course, a Pete Dye design, is an 18-hole, links-style, par-72 championship golf course featuring large bent-grass greens, fairways and tees. The layout presents a challenge for golfers of all abilities with vast sand bunkers, native grasslands, ponds and a natural celery bog. Kampen offers five sets of tees with the championship tees playing over 7,400 yards and the forward tees playing at 5,300 yards.

Kampen is rated one of the top collegiate courses in the nation and has been awarded 4.5 stars on Golf Digest's “Places to Play.” Kampen receives high marks as it is ranked as one of the most difficult golf courses in Indiana. The course has also played host to a number of prestigious collegiate and public tournaments such as the 2000 Men's Big Ten Championship, the 2003 Women's NCAA Championship, the 2004 Indiana Open, the 2005 Women's Western Amateur, and the 2008 Men's NCAA Championship. The course is named in honor of Emerson Kampen and his support of Purdue Athletics. Mr. Kampen's statue overlooks the first tee.

// TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek rankings as of 4/6)

Central Florida (53)
Cincinnati (90)
Indiana (126)
Kent State (11)
Michigan (49)
Michigan State (54)
UNLV (17)
Northern Illinois (188)
Northwestern (34)
Ohio State (58)
Purdue (35)
Southern Illinois (170)
Toledo (164)
Wisconsin (143)


Boilermaker Invitational Results 


No. 34 Michigan State men’s golf finished the competitive Clemson Invitational in eighth place Sunday. The Spartans ended with a 33-over 897 (311-290-296). Host and No. 18 Clemson captured the tournament title for the second-straight year with a 6-under 858 (294-280-284). UNC-Wilmington’s Patrick Cover earned medalist honors with a 5-under 211 (76-70-65). Cover’s third-round 65 was the lowest of the tournament, just one shot lower than Michigan State freshman Kaleb Johnson’s second round 66. Clemson’s Carson Young finished second with a 3-under 213 (73-69-71).

// EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS Forecast (as of April 13)
Saturday – 79 degrees; Partly Cloudy; Winds SW 20 mph; 20 percent chance of rain
Sunday – 70 degrees; AM Thunderstorms; Winds W 15 mph; 80 percent chance of rain


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 – Charlie Green, RS-JR., Ann Arbor, Michigan/Detroit Catholic Central
No. 5 – Sean Friel, RS-Sr., Rochester Hills, Michigan/Brother Rice

Michigan State Statistics Link

Jenner and Varekois head to Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational at Ball State.

“This event is an opportunity for Austin and AJ to compete in a great event and experience some action that will help them prepare for the rest of the year. Both of them are very capable and strong players and they can use this experience to further their confidence. I am excited to see how they play and grateful to Mike Fleck and Ball State for inviting us to send a couple guys,” Lubahn said.

Date: April 14-15
Course: Delaware Country club
Par: 70
Yardage: 6,438
Format: Stroke play
Schedule of Play: Three 18-hole rounds
Friday, April 14 – Round 1 (Tee times start at 9 a.m. ET)
Friday, April 14 – Round 2 (Tee times start TBA)
Saturday, April 16 – Round 3 (Tee times start 8 a.m. ET)


Members enjoy the manicured championship layout with rolling land, gentle streams, woods and elevation changes unique to the Muncie area. Delaware Country Club also provides comprehensive practice facilities for all aspects of the game; a well-appointed pro shop for their every need; beautiful new private locker rooms and lounges; and lessons from PGA Professional Tom Harris that combine personal attention with the latest swing analysis tools.

// TOURNAMENT FIELD (Golfweek rankings as of 4/6)

Ball State (146)
Butler (198)
Cleveland State (153)
Dayton (125)
Eastern Kentucky (97)
Fort Wayne (225)
IUPUI (238)
Loyola-Chicago (273)
Northern Kentucky (252)
Valparaiso (249)
Wright State (228)
Youngstown State (264)
Michigan State Individuals


Earl Yestingsmeier Memorial Invitational


Austin Jenner, Fr., West Branch, Mich./Skeels Christian
A.J. Varekois, Jr., Rockford, Mich./Rockford


Michigan State will remain in the midwest for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 22-23 in Columbus, Ohio at the OSU Golf Club Scarlet Course. Last season, the Spartans finished tied for second at the weather-shortened tournament with Josh Heinze finishing tied for first.



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