Oct. 25, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's golf team prepares for its final tournament of the fall, The Invitational at The Ocean Course, this weekend. The three-day, 54-hole tournament is hosted by College of Charleston at Kiawah Island Resort's Ocean Course (par-72, 7,051-yards) in Kiawah Island, S.C. Play begins on Sunday at 7:50 a.m. ET.
"We are excited about getting to the site of the 2012 PGA Championship, The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island," said head coach Casey Lubahn. "Our guys have battled the past couple weeks in some tough conditions and are looking forward to the challenge ahead. We need to simplify and focus on the items we can control and we will have a good week."
The Spartans make a small change to their lineup for the second-straight tournament. Senior Carson Castellani, sophomore Mitch Rutledge and freshman Charlie Netzel have played in all five tournaments so far this season, while redshirt freshman Sean Friel rejoins the lineup after a tournament off, and junior Jon Finley makes his second-straight start for MSU.
Aside from College of Charleston and MSU, the tournament field includes Charleston Southern, Florida, Francis Marion, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Michigan, Notre Dame, Rice, South Alabama, South Florida and Western Carolina.
Rutledge has led MSU in the last two tournaments and three of the last four. He leads the team with a 73.67 scoring average, while posting three top-25 showings in the initial five tournaments. Friel is second on the team with a 74.58 average, with a team-best two top-10 finishes.
The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort has played host to the 2007 Senior PGA and 2012 PGA Championships, in addition to the 1991 Ryder Cup. Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the third-straight tournament that the Spartans will be playing on a PGA Tour major championship course.