Men's Golf Looks to Bounce Back at Crooked Stick Intercollegiate
Rutledge aims for his fourth consecutive top-25 individual finish.
Oct. 13, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf teams prepares for its second-to-last tournament of the fall this week, when it travels to the Crooked Stick Intercollegiate in Carmel, Ind. The tournament, which begins with 36 holes at 8:45 a.m. ET on Monday, is hosted by Indiana University at Crooked Stick Golf Club (par 72, 7,290-yards). The final 18 holes on Tuesday is schedule for a 9 a.m. start.
"This is an important week for us to get back to fundamentals," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "We need to make the routine, high percentage plays that provide consistency throughout the lineup. Crooked Stick is a great golf course and our guys need to bring a high level of intensity the entire trip."
The Spartans made a change to their competitive lineup for the first time this season. Even though he has played two tournaments as an individual earlier this season, junior Jon Finley joins the lineup for the first time in his MSU career. Along with Finley, senior Carson Castellani, sophomore Mitch Rutledge, and freshmen Charlie Netzel and Sam Weatherhead fill out the lineup.
Rutledge leads Michigan State with a scoring average of 72.67, having posted top-25 finishes in each of his last three events. During that span, he has posted his three lowest 54-hole scores in his career.
Along with the Spartans and Hoosiers, the field includes Arkansas, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, IUPUI, Kansas, Notre Dame, Purdue, TCU and Toledo.
It is the second straight week that Michigan State will compete on a course that has, or will, host a PGA Tour major championship. Crooked Stick hosted the 1991 PGA Championship, in addition to the 1993 U.S. Women's Open, the 2009 U.S. Senior Open and the 2012 BMW Championship, which was part of the FedEx Cup.