EAST LANSING - The first tournament of the fall season is on the horizon for the Michigan State men’s golf team as the Spartans will travel to Minnesota for the Gopher Invitational, Sept. 10-11, in Independence, Minnesota. The two-day tournament will get underway Sunday morning at the Windsong Farm Golf Club.
THE GOPHER INVITATIONAL
Sunday, Sept. 10 and Monday, Sept. 11
Course: Windsong Farm Golf Club (Independence, Minnesota)
Format: Stroke Play, 54 holes
Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 10 – 36 holes beginning at 10 a.m. ET
Monday, Sept. 11 – 18 holes beginning at 8:20 a.m. ET
The Spartans are playing in the Gopher Invitational for the fifth consecutive year. Last year, MSU placed third and had a pair of golfers in the top three (Sam Weatherhead, second; Dylan Deogun, third).
More tournament information can be found here: GopherInvitational.com
The Gopher Invitational will be played at Windsong Farm Golf Club for the fourth consecutive year. Windsong Farm, which opened in 2003, is a private golf course designed by the Fought-Lehman Golf Course Architecture firm. Learn more about the course here: wsfarm.com
TOURNAMENT FIELD (Final 2017 Golfstat ranking)
Arizona State (20), Arkansas (33), Baylor (8), Charlotte (73), Iowa (58), Kent State (17), Michigan State (66), Minnesota (91), New Mexico (43), Oklahoma (6), Penn State (48), Pepperdine (19), Purdue (45), San Diego State (41), St. John's (Minnesota), Virginia Tech (76).
EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Sunday, Sept. 10 – Sunny with 10% change of rain … High of 78, low 55.
Monday, Sept. 11 – Mostly sunny … High 79, low 58.
THE MICHIGAN STATE LINEUP
No. 1 – Kaleb Johnson (So./Naples, Fla.)
No. 2 – James Piot (Fr./Canton, Mich.)
No. 3 – Charlie Green (Sr./Ann Arbor, Mich.)
No. 4 – Michael Sharp (Sr./Kendallville, Ind.)
No. 5 – Andrew Walker (So./Battle Creek, Mich.)
Additionally, Austin Jenner, Zach Rosendale and A.J. Varekois will take part in the Gopher Individual at the par-72, 6,953-yard Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minnesota. Play will get underway with 36 holes on Sunday and then the final round on Monday.
“We’re excited to get going. Fall qualifying is the most intense thing our players go through all year and we’ve seen some good and some shaky. We’ve got a lot of good, young talent and a lot of good leadership. The good thing about this weekend is it’s a course we’ve been to a lot; it’s very challenging and the field will be one of the top 10 in college golf this year, so we’re going to have to be really sharp on Sunday morning. We’ve been preparing for a few weeks and it will continue through Saturday night.
“We’ve got some young guys going in the first event of their careers. Kaleb has been really steady and was a good player last year, and Michael Sharp as been really steady as well. We know we’ve got a young team, but also an accomplished team. It will be important for the older guys to pass on the lessons of the course to the younger players.”
The Spartans will travel to Toledo, Ohio, for the Inverness Intercollegiate, Sept. 18-19, at the Inverness Club.