Oct. 20, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Momentum is on the side of the Michigan State men's golf team as it heads into the final tournament of the fall season. Fresh off their first win of the season at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, the Spartans head to Beallsville, Md. for the Georgetown Intercollegiate, an event they won last season. Competition at the The Members Club at Four Streams (par-71, 7,102 yards) begins Monday at 8 a.m. with 36 holes and concludes Tuesday at 8 a.m. with the final 18.
"Our intense fall schedule will end at a place where we have good memories from last year," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "The Members Club at Four Streams is a good test and has a distinct Midwestern feel to it. It suites our guys well and we need to grind out every shot this week to be successful. I like where they are right now and expect them to be sharp."
The Spartans will travel the same five which won at Notre Dame two weeks ago - seniors Dan Ellis and Matthew Moseley, junior Carson Castellani, sophomore McCormick Clouser and freshman Mitch Rutledge.
In the field along with MSU and the host Hoyas, is DePaul, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Notre Dame, Penn State, St. Joseph's, Toledo, West Florida, William & Mary and Xavier.
Last year, the Spartans won their first tournament under Lubahn, tying West Florida with a total of 26-over par 878. Two Spartans placed in the top-10, and four finished among the top-20, led by Moseley who tied for fifth with a 4-over par 217. Ellis (t-13th,9-over 222), Clouser (t-19th, 11-over 224) and Castellani (t-48th, 23-over 236) also have experience at this course.
At Notre Dame, Moseley (fifth) and Clouser (ninth) each posted top-10 finishes leading MSU to its first victory of the season. The Spartans topped nationally-ranked Houston by one shot with a 17-over par 869.
Moseley has been the leader for the Spartans this fall, placing first on the team in four of the five events. He paces the team with a 73.5 scoring average, while totaling two top-5 and four top-20 placements. Despite Ellis (74.8) and Rutledge (74.9) having lowing scoring averages this season, Clouser is second on the team with three top-20 showings.