FLOURTOWN, Pennsylvania – The Michigan State men’s golf team moved up one spot in the final round to take third place at the Big Ten Championships. The Spartans shot an 8-over-par 288 on Sunday at the Philadelphia Cricket Club Wissahickon Course and finished 43-over-par 883 for the tournament.
MSU finished two strokes ahead of Michigan and 15 back of champion Illinois and 10 behind runner-up Purdue.
The third-place finish at the conference championships was the Spartans’ best since 2008 when they won the title.
“Third place in a conference like the Big Ten is pretty good,” MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. “We’re grateful to all the people who helped make it happen. We want to get a championship. Unfortunately, on the first five holes today we made some mistakes you can’t bounce back from when you’re playing a field like this. It was nice to be in contention and eventually we will knock one of these off.
“These last two weeks have been really important in us looking to earn a school-record fourth straight NCAA Tournament bid. We’ll get over this and get ready for an NCAA Tournament run.”
Senior Donnie Trosper was in contention for the individual title all weekend and wound up tying for fourth place. Trosper carded a 4-over-par 74 on Sunday and was 4-over-par 214 for the tournament.
“It was a great week from Donnie, I know he’s disappointed after today,” Lubahn said. “He has played so well for us all week and all year. It was nice to see him finish in the top five.”
No player finished the tournament under par and it was Angus Flanagan of Minnesota and Adrien Dumont de Chassart of Illinois that tied for medalist honors at 2-over-par 212.
James Piot finished the conference championships tied for 21st place. Piot turned in a 3-over-par 73 on Sunday and was 12-over-par 222 (74-75-73) for the tournament.
Troy Taylor II shot the lowest round of any Spartan on Sunday with a 1-over-par 71. He was 2-over-par through 13 holes, but birdied the 14th and put up four consecutive pars the rest of the way.
The rookie Taylor moved up eight spots on Sunday with his second 71 of the tournament and finished tied for 31st at 15-over-par 225 (71-83-71).
“His ability to bounce back is great,” Lubahn said. “ It was a solid round today and it will help him grow going forward.”
Kaleb Johnson had his best day of the tournament as well on Sunday with a 2-over-par 72. For the tournament, Johnson was 18-over-par 228 (76-80-72) and finished 47th.
Andrew Walker also carded a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday.
The Spartans will now wait to see if they are selected to take part in the 2019 NCAA Championships when the field is announced on Wednesday at 9 p.m. on Golf Channel.