The mens golf squad is entering the home stretch of the fall season after returning from Illinois with a 13th-place finish this weekend.
Only one tournament remains on the Spartans docket, The Bluffs/Purina Intercollegiate in St. Charles, Mo., on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10.
At the Northern Intercollegiate in Urbana, Ill., the Spartans shot a three-round score of 915, good enough to tie Kentucky for 13th place in the 18-team field. Purdue won the tournament with an 889. MSU finished last among the nine Big Ten teams in the event.
In Urbana, junior Nathan Clark paced the Spartans with a 73-74-79 for a 226 total, tying for 21st place.
Sophomore John Koskinen finished second on the Spartans with a total of 231 (76-77-78) and senior Dennis Riedel was one shot behind him with a 81-75-76. Koskinen tied for 46th and Riedel tied for 54th at the tournament.
Senior Brent Goik and sophomore Lorne Don rounded out the Spartan contingent with a 236 and 238, respectively.
Penn States Matt Abbott fired a 215 to win the tournament.
Entering the final round in seventh place in the Lady Northern Invitational, the MSU womens golf team showed what it was made of Sunday.
The Spartans chalked their name up to a fifth-place tie by the end of the tournament, after ending the first round in eighth place. After the second round in Minneapolis, they had moved up to seventh.
Ohio State won the tournament with an overall score of 896. The Spartans tied for fifth with Northwestern, shooting a three-round total of 321-298-291 for an overall 910.
Standout senior Kasey Gant and junior Emily Bastel led the Spartans, each tying for sixth place. Gant shot a 79-72-75 for a 226, while Bastel shot an 80-73-73 for her 226.
Upperclassmen were not the only duffers shooting good scores - freshman Allison Fouch chipped in by shooting an 81-80-72 for a 233.
Mollie Fankhauser paced victorious Ohio State, winning the individual tournament with a 218.
Womens golf action will continue Monday when the team travels to Franklin, Ind. to play in the Big Ten/Big 12 Shootout.