East Lansing, Michigan – The Michigan State Men’s Golf Team shot a par 285 of 1 in the final round and finished tied for fourth place among 15 teams at the Gopher Invitational, played at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn.
The Spartans were in second place heading into the final round and finished the two-day, 54-hole tournament with an 11-under 841, tied for fourth with host Minnesota.
Georgia Southern shot a par 275 9-under in the final round and finished 20-under par 832 to finish five shots ahead of Kansas and Kent State, who tied for second at 15-under par 837.
Michigan State posted a par 275 9-under in the first round and tied with Georgia Southern for the tournament’s lowest team round.
Junior August Meekhof and fifth year Troy Taylor II tied for 18th to lead the Spartans, finishing at 3 under par 210. Meekhof shot an equal par 71 in Tuesday’s inning, while Taylor finished par 72 to 1.
Senior Bradley Smithson carded an even par 71 in the third round and was MSU’s third scorer, tied for 25th at 2 under par 211.
Second year Ashton McCulloch tied for 33rd at par par 213, finishing with a 3-over par 74.
Senior Drew Hacket shot a par par 71 on Tuesday and tied for 44th at 2 on par 215.
Michigan State is back in action on Monday, September 26, hosting the Folds of Honor Collegiate at American Dunes Golf Course in Grand Haven, Michigan. The three-day event ends on Wednesday, September 28. The 18-team tournament will benefit the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Honor Rolls and Presidential Scholarship Fund. In addition to Michigan State, the 18-team field includes Air Force, Arizona, Army, Central Michigan, Clemson, Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Grand Valley State, Illinois, Kansas, Liberty, Navy, NC State, Oregon State , Texas Southern, UCLA and Virginia Union. Each year the tournament will feature two HBCU programs. This reflects the 41% of Folds of Honor recipients who are minorities and the partnership between the GCAA and the Black Golf Coaches Association of America to help expand opportunities for HBCU and black college golf.