COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Michigan State men’s golf team took second place at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate, finishing four shots back of host Ohio State on Saturday at the Scarlet Course. The Spartans shot a 1-under-par 283 on Saturday and were 9-over-par 577 (294-283) in the weather-shortened 36-hole tournament. MSU finished four strokes ahead of third-place Florida.
“I think we relished being in contention and we need to learn from that,” head coach Casey Lubahn said. “Even though we get out-executed at the end today, we handled ourselves very well.”
James Piot came home with a runner-up finish of his own as the sophomore tied for second place at 3-under-par 139 (70-69). Piot was under par in both rounds and carded a 2-under-par 69 on Saturday. He was even with two holes to go, but birdied hole 17 and 18 to get back under par.
“I’m really impressed with his continued maturity and growth as player,” Lubahn said. “He knows how to get his golf ball around now and knows how to win; he just got beat today by a really good round.”
Ohio State’s Daniel Wetterich shot a 7-under-par 64 on Saturday and took medalist honors at 9-under-par 133, six shots ahead of Piot.
Donnie Trosper also fired a 2-under-par 69 on Saturday. He cut seven strokes off his first round score to finish 3-over-par 145, tied for 11th place.
Playing just outside his hometown of Westerville, Ohio, freshman Troy Taylor II earned a top-20 finish as he was 4-over-par 146, putting him in a tie for 17th place. Taylor shot 2-over-par 71s on both days and finished Saturday’s round with six consecutive pars.
Kaleb Johnson was 7-over-par 149 (75-74) and tied for 30th place.
Andrew Walker had the second-lowest round of any Spartan at 1-over-par 72 on Saturday. He finished 10-over-par 152 and in 43rd place.
Michigan State will play compete for the league title next weekend, April 26-28, at the Big Ten Championships in Flourtown, Pennsylvania.
“We plan on being in contention next weekend and this lesson from today will help us,” Lubahn said.