Spartan Men's Golf Closes Out Regular Season at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate
Michigan State prepares for Big Ten Championship with tournament in Columbus.
Michigan State men's golf completes the regular season with a familiar tournament competing in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate April 22-23 in Columbus, Ohio. Last season in the shortened Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, MSU finished tied for second, while former Spartan Josh Heinze was tied for first.
“This is an important week for us to get some momentum moving forward towards our postseason. The guys are working hard and have good memories from the Scarlet Course at OSU. If we get really committed to the process of playing well and take it one shot a time, we should be in great shape,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said.
// ROBERT KEPLER INTERCOLLEGIATE
Date: April 22-23
Course: Scarlet Course
Format: Play five, count four
Schedule of Play: Three 18-hole rounds
Saturday, April 22 – Round 1 (Tee times start at 8:30 a.m. ET)
Saturday, April 22 – Round 2 (Tee times start TBA)
Sunday, April 23 – Round 3 (Tee times start at 8 a.m. ET)
Tournament History: The first year of the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate was 1969 when Ohio State won the first of 23 team championships. Last season, the tournament was shortened to 36 holes due to weather. Michigan State's Josh Heinze tied for first with Maryland's Tom Harris and UNLV's Shintaro Ban.
2016 ROBERT KEPLER INTERCOLLEGIATE
2016 - UNLV (36 holes)
// THE COURSE
Through the great foresight of L.W. St. John, (OSU Athletic Director, 1912-1947) Ohio State University can claim two golf courses considered by many to be masterpieces in classical golf course architecture. The Scarlet course is rated as one of the top collegiate courses in the nation. Dr. Alister MacKenzie, a world-renowned golf course architect, submitted the original routing plans to L.W. St. John on January 6, 1931 and construction of the Scarlet course was overseen by famed architect Perry Maxwell. The Scarlet was completed in 1938 and the Gray was finished later in 1940.
In 2005 and 2006 the Scarlet Course underwent a major restoration project overseen by former Buckeye legend Jack Nicklaus, who concentrated on restoring the course to the way Alister MacKenzie originally intended it to play. The bunkers were redesigned to appear more like the classic MacKenzie designs at his numerous other courses. The course was also lengthened to play more than 7,400 yards and the par was changed to 71.
// TOURNAMENT FIELD
Ball State (122)
Bowling Green (128)
Eastern Michigan (109)
Kent State (11)
Miami (OH) (188)
Michigan State (56)
Northern Illinois (173)
Ohio State (64)
Penn State (44)
// LIVE RESULTS
// LAST TIME OUT
Michigan State senior golfer Charlie Netzel finished sixth at the Boilermaker Invitational hosted by Purdue. As a team the Spartans were tied for 11th and the Big Ten-laden tournament held at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Spartans were 44-over 908 (302-303-303).
// EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Weather.com Forecast (as of April 20)
Saturday – 53 degrees; Rain; Winds NE 11 mph; 90 percent chance of rain
Sunday – 67 degrees; Partly Cloudy; Winds NE 12 mph; 10 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 – Sean Friel, RS-Sr., Rochester Hills, Michigan/Brother Rice
No. 5 – Charlie Green, RS-Jr., Ann Arbor, Mich./Detroit Catholic Central
No. 6 – A.J. Varekois, Jr., Rockford, Mich./Rockford
Michigan State Statistics Link
// LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“The qualifying has been intense and will help prepare us for a good start on Saturday morning. This group we have going is full of great competitors and that is what we will be focusing on, competing hard on every shot,” Lubahn added.
// UP NEXT
Michigan State will travel to Baltimore, Maryland for the Big Ten Championship April 28-30. The Big Ten Championship will be held at the Baltimore Country Club. Last season, the Spartans finished tied for fourth, which was is best finish since finishing fourth in the 2012 Big Ten Championship.