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Ashton McCulloch Wraps up Record-Breaking Year for Men’s Golf

Ashton McCulloch Wraps up Record-Breaking Year for Men’s Golf

East Lansing, Mich. – When the 2023-24 school year started, Michigan State junior men’s golfer Ashton McCulloch was recognized at a Spartans football game for his win at the Canadian Amateur last August. McCulloch carried his play over to the college season, where he finished the year by breaking the MSU single-season record for scoring average.

McCulloch, an All-Big Ten Second Team selection, was the team’s top finisher in nine events, including the last six of the year, and carried a 70.89 scoring average over 36 rounds, breaking the previous mark of 71.33 set by former Spartan standout James Piot in 2021.

His performance this year also moved him atop the career leaders for scoring average. McCulloch now ranks No. 1 all-time (for a minimum of 50 rounds played) at 71.74, besting the mark of 71.99 set by Piot, who played from 2017-22.

“What Ashton has done for this team and our program has been incredible,” MSU Head Coach Casey Lubahn said. “We’ve been very fortunate over the years to have some really talented golfers and Ashton stands among the greats. After winning one of the most prestigious amateur events in the world last summer, he came in and really carried us this year. He works on his game constantly and having his name at the top of our record book is a fitting honor for him.”

In just three years at Michigan State, McCulloch has three seasons that rank among the all-time single season marks. His 70.89 average this year is No. 1, his 71.89 average in 2021-22 as a freshman ranks No. 8 and his 72.46 average in 2022-23 ranks No. 11.

This year in 13 events, McCulloch finished among the top-5 four times, among the top-10 six times and among the top-20 eight times while having 98.6 percent of his rounds count toward the team total (34.5 of 35 rounds).

McCulloch shared medalist honors at the Johnnie-O at Sea Island in March, firing a 10-under par 62 in the second round to set a program record for low 18-hole score. He finished the tournament with a 12-under par 204, tied for the sixth-lowest 54-hole tournament score in program history.

McCulloch, who was the top finisher for the Spartans in seven of eight events in the spring, tied for third at the Big Ten Championships, earning a spot on the All-Tournament team.

In the postseason, McCulloch shared top honors for the team with a tie for 30th place at the NCAA Chapel…


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