Hawkeye Invitational Qualifying

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The Gopher men's golf team will play at the Hawkeye Invitational this weekend (April 12-13). The team held a qualifying tournament to determine the travel squad. Jon Trasamar and Jose Mendez were exempt. The Gophers played at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, and Pioneer Creek GC in Maple Plain, Minn.

The travel squad will be Mendez, Trasamar, Alex Gaugert, Jon DuToit and Matt Rachey. Qualifying scores are below:

Alex Gaugert 213
Matt Rachey 219
Jon DuToit 221
Grady Meyer 231
Tyler Lowenstein 234
Daniel Luftspring 239

Duck Invitational Qualifying

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The Gophers held a qualifying tournament to determine their lineup for Oregon's Duck Invitational (March 24-25). Matt Rachey made the travel squad with the low 72-hole score. Jose Mendez, Alex Gaugert, Jon Trasamar and Jon DuToit were exempt.

Courses the Gophers played for the qualifier:
Round 1: Raven GC at Verrado - par 72 and 7,268 yards
Round 2: DC Ranch CC - par 71 and 7,060 yards
Round 3: Greyhawk Raven Course - par 72 and 7,180 yards
Round 4: Phoenix CC - par 71 and 6,763 yards

Scores:
Matt Rachey 78-82-76-69--305
Daniel Luftspring 78-72-80-76--306
Grady Meyer 83-77-71-76--307
Charlie Braniff 81-86-78-76--321
Tyler Lowenstein 89-78-72-82--321
Genki Hirayama 80-83-82-77--322



Del Walker Qualifying

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The Minnesota men's golf team will play in the Del Walker Classic in Long Beach, Calif., on Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4. The Gophers held a qualifying tournament at Desert Mountain's Cochise Course and Outlaw Course in Scottsdale, Ariz. Both courses have a par of 72.

Jose Mendez was exempt from qualifying. There will be three automatic qualifiers and one coaches' pick. Alex Gaugert led the way at the Cochise Course with a scorching 8-under 64, while Jon Trasamar's even-par 72 was the team's best score at the Outlaw Course.

Below are the scores from both rounds.

Alex Gaugert 64-75--139 (-5)
Jon Trasamar 72-72--144 (E)
Jose Mendez 71-75--146 (+2)
Matt Rachey 74-74--148 (+4)
Jon DuToit 72-77--149 (+5)
Tyler Lowenstein 78-79--157 (+13)
Grady Meyer 82-84--166 (+22)

The travel team for the Del Walker Classic, announced Wednesday, will be Mendez, DuToit, Gaugert, Trasamar and Rachey.

Kiawah Invitational Qualifying

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This weekend, the Minnesota men's golf team will play its final tournament of the fall. The Gophers will travel to Kiawah Island, S.C., for the Kiawah Island Invitational (Nov. 3-5). The team held a qualifying tournament to determine the travel roster.

Jose Mendez, Jon Trasamar and Alex Gaugert were exempt from qualifying. Matt Rachey automatically qualified by finishing with the top score. Tyler Lowenstein win a nine-hole playoff against Jon DuToit at TPC Twin Cities on Thursday to determine the final spot.

The first round of qualifying took place on Friday, Oct. 25 at Southview Country Club, a par-71, 6,520-yard course. Round 2 was Monday at Interlachen Country Club, a par-72, 6,985-yard course. The third round took place at Wayzata Country Club (par-72, 7,108 yards). Only 15 holes counted on both Monday and Tuesday due to conflicts with class, and those scores are noted in parentheses.

Matt Rachey 74(+3)(+1) = +7#
Jon DuToit 74(+1)(+4) = +8
Tyler Lowenstein 78(+2)(-1) = +8*
Grady Meyer 81(+5)(+4) = +20
Charlie Braniff 79(+8)(+7) = +23
Daniel Luftspring 82(+4)(+7) = +23
Genki Hirayama 80(+11)(+7) = +27

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*Won nine-hole playoff for final travel spot

Alister MacKenzie Qualifying

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The Gophers held a qualifying tournament to determine the travel squad for the Alister MacKenzie Classic (Oct. 14-15). On Saturday, they played at Minikahda Club, which is a par-72 course playing at 6,811 yards. Round 2 on Sunday was at Edina Country Club, a par-72, 6,676-yard course. The third and final round was at Minneapolis Golf Club on Monday. Scores from the first two rounds are below.

Jose Mendez was exempt, and there were three automatic qualifiers and one coaches' pick. The five Gophers traveling to California are noted with stars.

*Jose Mendez 77-71--148 (missed round 3 due to class)
*Alex Gaugert 72-75-69--216
*Jon Trasamar 71-77-73--221
*Tyler Lowenstein 71-76-76--223
*Jon DuToit 75-76-74--225
Matt Rachey 76-75-76--227
Charlie Braniff 78-78-74--230
Grady Meyer 78-78-76--232
Daniel Luftspring 81-77-81--239
Genki Hirayama 87-78-83--248

Wolf Run Intercollegiate Qualifying

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The Golden Gopher men's golf team held a qualifying tournament to see who will travel to this weekend's Wolf Run Intercollegiate in Zionsville, Ind. Following are the scores after the final round was played at Troy Burne today. Members of the travel squad are in bold.

Jon DuToit (+2) - automatic qualifier
Jon Trasamar (+3) - automatic qualifier
Jose Mendez (+6) - coaches' pick
Tyler Lowenstein (+7) - exempt
Matt Rachey (+10)
Alex Gaugert (+13) - coaches' pick
Grady Meyer (+16)
Charlie Braniff (+25)
Genki Hirayama (+26)
Daniel Luftspring (+28)

Scores after the first 36 holes were:
Jose Mendez (+1)
Jon Dutoit (+2)
Tyler Lowenstein (+3) Exempt
Matt Rachey +6
Jon Trasamar +7
Alex Gaugert +9
Grady Meyer +11
Charlie Braniff +14
Genki Hirayama +19
Daniel Luftspring +22
The first-ever Gopher Men's Golf and Gopher Women's Hockey Golf Open will be held Monday, Sept. 16 at Southview Country Club in Inver Grove Heights, Minn. 

Minnesota women's hockey head coach Brad Frost and men's golf head coach John Carlson welcome you to the event. Look for registration information next week on Gophersports.com. 

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Video: Golden Gopher Strength Regimen

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The Golden Gophers do not spend all of their practices at the golf course. In fact, they spend quite a bit of time in a hockey arena. The weight room the golf team uses is located in Mariucci Arena. The team also uses Mariucci's concourse for warm-ups and cardio. The physical improvement the Gophers gain from the strength and conditioning program provides a foundation for what they do on the golf course.


Gophers Have Success in the Classroom

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The semester of fall 2011 saw the Minnesota men's golf team record its highest GPA in the last decade. The Golden Gophers will try to build off that success this spring semester, which started a week ago.

"The effort put forth by the entire roster this past fall semester in the classroom led to the highest GPA in the past decade for the men's golf team," head coach John Carlson said. "Being a student-athlete at the University of Minnesota is a privilege for all of my players and I couldn't be more proud of them by the way they are representing Gopher athletics."

Congratulations and keep up the good work, Gophers!