Spartans Prepare For The Michigan Amateur Golf Tournament

June 20, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Four returning members from the Michigan State University golf team and one incoming freshman will participate in the Michigan Amateur Tournament, at the Boyne Mountain Heather Course, next week, June 23-27.

The five Spartans set to see action are seniors Matthew Pumford and Matt Riegel, sophomores Brent Goik and Nathan Clark, and freshman Adam Wolicki.

Leading MSU in stroke average last fall, Pumford fired an average of 75.18 through 11 rounds of play. The Saginaw native's low score came this spring at the Marshall Invitational, April 10-11 in Huntington, West Virginia, where he shot a 69 in the second round of play.

Playing in all of MSU's tournaments for the 1997-98 season, Riegel carded his season low of 70 in the final round of the Kepler Invitational, April 18-19 in Columbus, Ohio. A native of East Lansing, Riegel posted a stroke average of 76.1 in 35 rounds of action last season.

In his first year playing for Michigan State, Goik appeared in seven tournaments for Michigan State averaging 76.8 strokes through 21 rounds. The Bay City native's best showing came at the Legends of Indiana Intercollegiate, held October 6-7, when he placed third on the team with a score of 224.

Clark, a native of Mason, did not see action in his first season at Michigan State. In high school, this local standout was a two-time all-area Dream Team selection, named first-team all-league three times, and twice earned all-state honorable mention honors.

In November 1997, Walicki signed a national letter of intent to play golf at MSU. The Saline native earned all-state honors four times and his strove average of 70 was the lowest among the state's high school golfers last fall. In last summer's United States Junior Championships, the incoming freshman was one of 32 golfers to reach the second round.