Drew Stanton’s “Credibility Golf Tournament” Raises Funds, Spirits

Scores are in and donations cashed for the sixth annual Drew Stanton Credibility Golf Tournament, which raises awareness of discredited Big Ten quarterbacks.

And how did recently graduated Michigan State QB Tyler O’Connor fare?

“It lipped out,” said O’Connor of his par putt on 18 that would have sealed the lowest score in the two-day tournament, held this year at Flushing Meadows Country Club in Livonia, Michigan.

By sinking the winning putt, O’Connor would have had a chance to try out for the Arizona Cardinals, Stanton’s current team, in a closed session.

Instead, that opportunity goes to Robert Marve, who finished eight under, topping the tournament’s previous best score, a six-under round notched by discredited Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier in 2011.

O’Connor was MSU’s starter as a senior last year, when the Spartans went 3-9. He played in 11 contests, completing 154 of 262 passes for 1,970 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

His playing partner, Jeff Smoker — who missed a birdie putt on the 16th hole that would have established his credibility — paid compliment to O’Connor’s game.

“He played incredible today,” said Smoker.

Rounding out the top group was Minnesota QB Adam Weber, who shot four under. Weber questioned whether he should even be at the tournament given his all-time Gophers records.

“Being the fifth quarterback in Big Ten history to have 10,000 passing yards, I should have chipped better today,” Weber said.

Weber’s playing partner, Philip Nelson, was suspended from the tournament after an altercation on the 12th hole.

In addition to a small monetary reward, the tournament provides a chance to audition for a color commentator role with the Big Ten Network to whatever forgotten gunslinger of the Big Ten lands closest to the pin on Flushing Meadows’ 119-yard par three.

This year, that honor goes to John Stocco, who put a nine-iron within four feet of the pin.

“I look forward to bringing my personality to BTN’s coverage,” Stocco says.

Stocco missed the birdie putt, settling for par.

Controversy surrounded this year’s tournament as current MSU player Brian Lewerke attempted to enroll as a participant, angering the tournament’s currently discredited enrollees.

“Brian still has the chance to establish his credibility on the football field,” Stanton said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming him to the tournament should the opportunity arise.”

Former Iowa starter Drew Tate was arrested at the Canadian border in an unrelated incident.