April 18, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In its final test before the Big Ten Championships, the Michigan State men's golf team heads to West Lafayette, Ind. for the 2014 Boilermaker Invitational this weekend. Competition at the Kampen Course (par 72, 7,259 yards) at the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex begins with 36 holes on Saturday with an 8:45 a.m. ET shotgun start, and concludes with 18 holes on Sunday, also at 8:45 a.m.
"The Kampen Course is a great test and a course that rewards guys who can manage their golf ball and miss on the proper side," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We have to be great strategic thinkers and trust our swings. If we do that, we can build momentum and get ourselves in contention come Sunday afternoon."
The field includes nine teams in the Golfstat's top-100, including six in the top-50. Competing this weekend is No. 9 Illinois, No. 14 UCLA, No. 32 Kent State, No. 39 Purdue, No. 41 Iowa and No. 49 Northwestern, in addition to Drake, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan State, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Ohio State and Wichita State.
Rutledge and Netzel continue to be the only Spartans who have played in every event this season. Rutledge was the top MSU golfer last weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational, finishing 16th for his four top-20 showing of the season. His scoring average of 74.33 leads the team.
Rutledge, the only Spartan with previous experience at the Kampen Course, also led MSU at the Boilermaker Invitational last season, tying for 21st at 6-over par 222. As a team, the Spartans placed 10th.