Michigan State Spartans Win Colleton River Collegiate

Hondo S. Carpenter

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BLUFFTON, South Carolina – The Michigan State men's golf team captured the Colleton River Collegiate title on Tuesday (March 5) as the Spartans finished the tournament 12-under-par 852 (282-281-289) – six shots ahead of Iowa State. Senior Donnie Trosper won the individual crown at 10-under-par 206 (69-67-70) for his first career win as a Spartan.

"Anytime you win the first thing you think of are the people that helped you get there," MSU head coach Casey Lubahn said. "The late Al Theiss, and his widow Willa, Steve Ramsby, and all the other Spartans down here are great people. It's pretty special to win an event when you can share it with your supporters."

The Spartans led by four strokes heading into Tuesday's final round at the par-72, 7,196-yard Colleton River Club. By Tuesday afternoon, the Spartans' 1-over-par 289 proved more than enough to push them to the title. Iowa State was the only other team to finish under par at 6-under-858 (292-275-291).

"Obviously this lineup is has been very good, they proved that here this week," Lubahn said. "They picked each other up when they needed to and the horses were horses all week - just steady."

After carding a pair of rounds under par on Monday, Trosper picked up where he left off when the final round began on Tuesday. Trosper was even through nine holes, then picked up two birdies and seven pars on the back to finish 2-under-par 70.

"Being in the lead going into the final round is the hardest position to be in and Donnie didn't even blink. He birdied his first hole today and was off," Lubahn said. "It was as good of an individual performance as I've seen in a while. He was the spark plug that got us over the top."

The 206 was Trosper's lowest 54-hole score of the season and the title is the second of his collegiate career.

Trosper was one of three Spartans to place in the top 15 as James Piot earned his first top-five finish of the year, tying for fifth, and Andrew Walker recorded his second best tournament of season by taking 15th.

Piot finished 4-under-par 212 (70-70-72) after an even-par 72 on Tuesday. Piot was extremely consistent on Tuesday with 16 pars.

"James was right there all tournament as well," Lubahn said.

Walker shot a 1-over-par 73 in Tuesday's third round with a team-high four birdies. He finished the tournament 2-over-par 218 (70-75-73).

Kaleb Johnson tied for 23rd place at 4-over-par 220 (73-71-76).

Troy Taylor II fired a 2-over-par 74 on Tuesday as he finished his day strong by going 1-under-par on the back nine. He was 8-over-par 224 (77-73-74) and tied for 43rd place.

Zach Rosendale played as an individual and finished 18-over-par 234 (82-73-79).

Tuesday marked the second time in the last three seasons the Spartans have won the Colleton River Collegiate.

The Spartans' busy week will continue this weekend as they're off to Arizona to compete in the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate on Saturday and Sunday (March 9-10) in Scottsdale.

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