MICHIGAN STATE Spartans Back to Work in Final Regular-Season Tournament

MICHIGAN STATE Spartans Back to Work in Final Regular-Season Tournament

Michigan State has a chance to do some real special things as the season comes to an end. Here is an update from the terrific SID Jeff Barnes. The photo is also courtesy of SID!

EAST LANSING – The Michigan State men's golf team heads to Columbus, Ohio, this weekend for the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, which will be the team's final tournament prior to the conference championships. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will take place at the OSU Scarlet Course.

The Spartans are competing in the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate for the fifth consecutive season.

ROBERT KEPLER INTERCOLLEGIATE

Dates: Friday, April 19 – Saturday, April 20

Course: The Ohio State University Scarlet Course

Par // Yardage: 71 // 7,455

Live Scoring: Golfstat

Format: Stroke play, 54 holes // Play five, count four

Schedule:

Friday - 8:00-10:00 a.m. tee times from No. 1 & 10; second round begins 30 minutes after conclusion of first.

Saturday - 8:30-10:30 a.m. tee times from No. 1 & 10

OSU SCARLET COURSE
The Scarlet Course, one of two 18-hole courses at Ohio State, was renovated by Jack Nicklaus in 2006. The par-71 course plays at 7,455 yards.

THE FIELD (Golfstat ranking)
Augusta (114), Ball State (139), Dayton (185), Florida (40), Kent State (80), Maryland (119), Miami (OH) (142), Michigan State (59), Ohio State (45), Penn State (63), Toledo (177), Northern Illinois (136), Rutgers (137) and Xavier (223).

THE LINEUP

  1. James Piot
  2. Donnie Trosper
  3. Andrew Walker
  4. Troy Taylor II
  5. Kaleb Johnson

Zach Rosendale (Indiv.)

NOTES AND NUMBERS
After playing three tournaments in the span of 21 days in March, the Spartans got some much needed time off at the beginning of April … James Piot (71.52) and Donnie Trosper (71.78) rank first and second, respectively, on the team in scoring average this season and have been the Spartans' top finishers in each of the last three tournaments … Piot, Trosper and freshman Troy Taylor II have played every round of every tournament this season.

LUBAHN'S THOUGHTS
"It's obviously a very important week with this being our last regular season event. We're kind of hanging on the bubble here for an NCAA Tournament bid, but the group is back and they've been good. We had a long break, which I think has been good to recharge.

"It's a golf course we're very familiar with and it's a pretty decent field, so we're going to need to finish in the top five and give ourselves a chance to win on Saturday."

EXPECTED WEATHER CONDITIONS
Friday – High of 63, 80% chance of rain in the morning
Saturday – High of 47, 100% chance of rain

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