Michigan State opens the season at the Fighting Irish Classic on Sunday

East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan State men’s golf team opens the 2022-23 season this weekend, playing in the Fighting Irish Classic at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Ind. Sunday September 4 and Monday September 5.

Date: From Sunday September 4 to Monday September 5
Course: Warren Golf Course
Live score: golfstat
By/yardage: 71 / 7023
Format: Stroke play, 54 holes, play five, count four
Program: Sunday – Rounds 1 and 2 starting with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday: Third round with tee times starting at 8 a.m. on the first and 10th holes.

RANGE

1. August Meekhof

2.Troy Taylor
3. Drew Smithson
4.Brad Smithson
5. Ashton McCulloch

FIELD

Boston College, Indiana (#25), Jacksonville, Kansas (#11), Kent State (#31), Louisiana, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan State (#28), Missouri-Kansas City, Nebraska, Northwestern (#24), Rutgers, South Florida (#10), Toledo.

THE LESSON
The Warren Golf Course was built in 2000 and since its opening the course has been named one of America’s Best Courses by Golf Digest and has been featured in Links Magazine and Golf Digest as a must-see. Additionally, Golfweek ranked the Warren Golf Course among the top 15 college amenities on campus in the nation. The course hosted the 2019 US Senior Open.

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
The Spartans have won the Fighting Irish Classic tournament title three times in the event’s 15-year history. MSU won the title in 2007, 2012 and then most recently in 2014. Individually, two Spartans won medal honors with Ryan Brehm winning in 2007 and Randy Hutchinson in 2008. Host Notre Dame has won the most Fighting Irish titles Classic, with four, while MSU is second with three tournament titles. MSU finished in fifth place last year.

LAST YEAR
The Spartans return a deep and talented squad after one of the best seasons in program history. MSU finished the season ranked No. 46 in the nation by Golfstat, came close to winning the Big Ten championships and played in the NCAA Bryan Regional, the program’s fifth playoff appearance in the past six years.

ABOUT THE SPARTATS
Despite losing 2021 U.S. Amateur Champion and four-time All-Big Ten selection James PiotMSU is returning a pair of players who earned All-Big Ten honors and four players who appeared in all 13 events and played 37 rounds each last year.



Ashton McCulloch was named All-Big Second Team and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, just the third player in program history to earn the honor, joining Piot and current PGA Tour Professional Ryan Brehm. McCulloch finished third on the team with an average of 71.89, the sixth-best single-season mark in program history, and posted nine top-20 finishes last year.


Also the back is junior August Meekhof, who was named to the All-Big Ten second team and All-Big Ten championship team, is coming off a solid summer that saw him win the Golf Association of Michigan amateur title and reach the semis. -Michigan Amateur finals. Meekhof finished second on the team with an average of 71.84, the fifth-best single-season mark in program history, and posted four top-10 finishes.



Troy Taylor II returns for his fifth season at East Lansing after a summer that saw him play in the US Amateur and the John Shippen Invitational and win a district amateur title in Ohio. The most experienced player on the team with more than 115 rounds played in four years, Taylor finished fourth on the team with an average of 72.59 last year.


Also the back is junior Bradley Smithson, who posted an average of 73.14 and finished in the top 10 three times. He had a solid summer, finishing as the top amateur in the Michigan PGA Tour of Champions and reaching the Round of 16 in match play at Michigan Amateur.


New to the lineup this year is UNC Wilmington’s senior transfer Drew Hacketwho averaged 73.56 shots last year and was a second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection as a sophomore in 2021.

LUBAHN’S THOUGHTS
“I know I’m excited and the guys are really excited for this event at Notre Dame and for the start of this season. We’ve just had one of the best years we’ve had and a lot of our guys have had an experience really summery. I think that’s something they can all build on this season. It was a series of competitive rounds this week to build our roster and I think that speaks to the depth we have in this crew.

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