Grand Haven, Mich. – Michigan State’s men’s golf team shot a 7-over par 291 in the first round and is tied for 10th place among 18 teams at the Folds of Honor Collegiate, being played at famed American Dunes Golf Club (par 72, 7.128 yards).
The Spartans are serving as a host for the first-time event along with The Folds of Honor, American Dunes and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Folds of Honor and the GCAA Presidential Scholar Fund
South Carolina leads the field at 2-under par 282, with Arizona in second place at 1-under par 283 and Indiana third at even-par 284. Memphis is in fourth place (2-over par 286) and Notre Dame rounds the top five teams (3-over par 287).
Six teams are all within four shots of the top-five teams, with Arkansas sixth (5-over par 289), Kentucky, Oregon State and NC State tied for seventh place (6-over par 290) and the Spartans tied for 10th place with Florida State, the No. 5-ranked team in the Golfweek preseason poll.
Senior August Meekhof leads the Spartans, tying for 20th place at 1-over par 72. Meekhof played the front nine in plus-3 with four bogies, but finished the back nine at 2-under par, with birdies on the par-4, 381 yard 11th hole and on the par-5, 538-yard 18th hole to finish his day.
Hackett played both the front and back at 1-over par and finished his day with 16 pars.
McCulloch, who won the Canadian Amateur in August, finished his round with five birdies, including on the final three holes to finish the back nine at even par and close his round at 73.
Pinili, playing in his first collegiate event, struggled to start, playing his first three holes in plus-6, but played his final 15 holes at minus-4, with six birdies and an eagle, on the par-5 18th hole.
Senior Bradley Smithson is tied for 55th place at 4-over par 75. Smithson finished his round with four birdies and seven pars.
The three-day, 54-hole tournament continues on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The Spartans tee off on in the second round starting at 1:25 p.m., playing alongside Arkansas and Navy.
Golf Channel will broadcast the 2023 Folds of Honor Collegiate via the Peacock App each of the three days of action at American Dunes…