Oct. 5, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After a weekend off and consecutive strong performances in the early season, the Michigan State men's golf team will face its toughest field so far this season at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. The three-day, 54-hole event begins on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. ET at Erin Hills Golf Course (par 72, 7,234 yards) in Erin, Wis.
"It is nice to get back into action after a weekend off," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "We had some intense qualifying and the guys have been preparing well. Erin Hills is a great test of golf and we will need to be great with our emotions and attention to the details. Every shot will matter as always."
The Spartans will use the same competitive lineup they have used in each of the first three tournaments, including senior Carson Castellani, sophomore Mitch Rutledge, redshirt freshman Sean Friel, and freshmen Charlie Netzel and Sam Weatherhead.
The field features six of the top-50 teams in the country, including No. 6 UCLA, who is making its season debut, No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 11 Stanford. Also in the tournament is DePaul, Green Bay, host Marquette, Michigan, Northern Illinois, No. 39 Northwestern, No. 45 Oregon State, St. John's, No. 31 SMU and Wisconsin.
Michigan State is coming off a first-place finish at the Wolverine Intercollegiate and a second place showing at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. The Spartans have been led by a different golfer in each of the first three tournaments, and have received top-20 individual finishes by each of the five in the competitive lineup. The balanced efforts are evident in their scoring averages this season. All five Spartans are between 72.56 and 73.44, led by Rutledge.
The Erin Hills Golf Course, which opened in 2006, will host the 2017 U.S. Open and was also the site for the 2011 U.S. Amateur. The course is ranked No. 10 in Golf Digest's latest list of "America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses."