Sept. 10, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf program begins the 2010-11 season by hosting the Fossum Invitational this weekend at Forest Akers West Golf Course. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. ET each day with 36 holes scheduled for Saturday and 18 holes on Sunday. Admission is free both days.
The longest running collegiate golf tournament in the nation, the Fossum Invitational was moved to the fall this season. This year's field includes Alabama State, Bradley, Canisius, Dayton, Detroit, Evansville, Houston Baptist, Iona, Jackson State, James Madison, Michigan State, St. Francis (PA), Waterloo, Valparaiso and Youngstown State.
The Spartan five this weekend will consist of juniors Dave Ellis and Chris Mory, sophomore James Ross, and freshmen Carson Castellani and Conor O'Neil. Participating as individuals for MSU will be redshirt senior Derrick Williams, juniors Jimmy Dewling and Dan Ellis, sophomores Will Morris and Matthew Moseley, and freshman Gareth Blease.
This weekend will mark the 43rd Fossum/Spartan Invitational. The tournament began in 1966 and was renamed to honor the longtime great Spartan coach Bruce Fossum in 1992. Three times - 1986, 1998 and 2008 - the tournament was not held as Michigan State hosted the Big Ten Championship at Forest Akers West. The Spartans have won the Fossum 10 times, including the last three - 2007, 2009 and 2010. MSU shared the title last year with Ferris State. Individually, 11 MSU golfers have earned medalist honors.
For a complete history of the Fossum Invitational, click here.