The Michigan State men’s golf team will begin its 2021 campaign with the Big Ten Match Play Championship on Friday and Saturday in Palm Coast, Florida. The event will be held at the Conservatory and Ocean courses at the Hammock Beach Resort.
>> The Bracket
The 12 competing teams have been drawn into a single-elimination bracket, with the seeds determined using the Nov. 11, 2020, final fall Golfstat rankings. Each team match will consist of six individual matches.
The Spartans are the No. 8 seed and will begin play vs. No. 9 seed Maryland at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. The winner will move on to face top-seeded Northwestern at 1 p.m.
On Saturday, the morning session (8 a.m. ET) features the championship semifinals and consolation semifinals, while Saturday afternoon concludes with the championship, third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches.
No. 1 – James Piot (Sr., Canton, Mich.)
No. 2 – Bradley Smithson (So., Grand Rapids, Mich.)
No. 3 – Troy Taylor II (Jr., Westerville, Ohio)
No. 4 – Andrew Walker (Sr., Battle Creek, Mich.)
No. 5 – August Meekhof (Fr., Coopersville, Mich.)
No. 6 – Pierce Morrissey (So., Big Rapids, Mich.)
THE FIELD (in order of seeding by Golfstat rankings)
1. Northwestern, 2. Minnesota, 3. Purdue, 4. Penn State, 5. Iowa, 6. Rutgers, 7. Ohio State, 8. Michigan State, 9. Maryland, 10. Indiana, 11. Wisconsin, 12. Nebraska
The par-72 Ocean Course is ranked as one of Florida’s Top 5 courses and was named one of Golfweek’s 2020 “Top 100 Resort Courses.”
“Obviously the guys are incredibly excited to be back to competition. Big Ten Match Play is a special event for all of us and a great way to start competing again. All of us are very aware of the tremendous amount of work that so many in the athletic department have done for us to compete and we want to honor them by playing as best as we can and trying to win this thing.”
SPARTANS AT THE B1G MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Spartans have won two of the last six B1G Match Play Championships, with their last title coming in 2018.