Colleton River Collegiate
The Michigan State Golf Team hosted, and won, the ever-expanding tournament, The Colleton River Collegiate, again in March 2017. This win was especially meaningful as Colleton River Member, Spartan Alum and tournament founder, Al Thiess, passed away the month prior. The team was able to pass along the winning trophy to Al’s widow, Willa. “We, as a team, decided that we were going to win this tournament and give the trophy to Willa. We just visualized it, and it is exactly how it played out. There was a lot of emotion for all of us, but this program has been successful because of the people who believe in it, and Al was one of those key people,” MSU Head Coach, Casey Lubahn said.
Play took place on the Pete Dye Course, with 36 holes on Monday and 18 holes and the Awards Ceremony on Tuesday. Eleven other teams joined MSU this year, including the University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Connecticut, Memphis University, Miami University of Ohio, Oakland University, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University and the University of Wisconsin.
Thanks for everything you did to help the Colleton River Collegiate be a complete success. We heard nothing but compliments from the teams about all of the great food! The staff did a great job as well. Look forward to next year. Dan E., Asst. Mens Golf Coach – Michigan State Univ.
“This win speaks to our team culture. Guys who have been in the seven, eight, nine spot all year, stepping in and helping us win a big golf tournament. We just said all week, ‘We are going to find a way.’ In the long run, our leaders came through and helped us find that opportunity to win on the last closing hole,” Lubahn said.
The tournament received television coverage for the first time this year.