Jose Mendez
Jose  Mendez


San Jose, Costa Rica

High School:
Saint Anthony

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Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.

2014 Big Ten co-medalist • two-time All-Big Ten First Team and Big Ten All-Championships honoree • tied for ninth at the 2014 NCAA Raleigh Regional and was selected as an individual for the 2015 NCAA Bremerton Regional • career stroke average of 72.71 ranks third in program history • turned in two of the four best season stroke averages in Minnesota history • named Gopher Athletics' Male Rookie of the Year at the 2015 Golden Goldys banquet.

2016-17 • SENIOR SEASON:
Played in one tournament • Academic All-Big Ten. Fall 2016: Tied for 37th at the Gopher Invitational with a 10-over 223.

2015-16 • JUNIOR SEASON:
Had a 77.72 stroke average in four tournaments. Fall 2015: Played in two tournaments with a 76.40 scoring average • had one under par round (70) • tied for 39th in the Gopher Invitational. Spring 2016: Played six rounds as an individual, posting a stroke average of 78.83 • tied for 13th at Puerto Rico Individual • low spring round was a 74 in second round of Puerto Rico Individual.

Earned All-Big Ten First Team recognition • played as an individual at the NCAA Bremerton Regional • held a 71.74 stroke average in 12 tournaments, the third-best season average in program history • posted five top-10 and eight top-20 finishes • led the team with 12 rounds under par over the season • finished in the top 20 of 14 consecutive tournaments between Oct. 20-21, 2013 and Feb. 22-24, 2015. Fall 2014: Led the team with a 71.07 scoring average, three top-10 finishes, five top-20 finishes and six under-par rounds • tied for fifth at the Gopher Invitational with a 2-over score (215) • tied for second (4-under 206) at the Windon Memorial Classic with rounds of 68, 67 and 71 • tied for 17th at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate • tied for 15th with an even-par finish at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational • tied for fourth at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (-2) with two of three rounds under par (68 and 70). Spring 2015: Competed in seven spring tournaments with a 72.25 stroke average • tied for fifth at the Big Ten Championships at even par, including a 2-under round of 70 • earned Big Ten All-Championships Team honors for the second year in a row • tied for 52nd at the NCAA Bremerton Regional with rounds of 72, 78 and 73 for a score of 223 (+7) • finished third at the Hawkeye Invitational (-7) after playing under par in all three rounds.

Big Ten medalist, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and All-Big Ten First Team selection • GCAA All-Freshman selection • season stroke average of 71.97 in 12 tournaments ranks third in program history • won three tournaments and posted seven top-10 and 10 top-20 finishes • played 14 rounds under par • first Gopher to win a tournament since Clayton Rask in 2007-08. Fall 2013: Played in six tournaments, leading the team with a 73.35 stroke average • all 17 of his rounds counted toward the team score • turned in two top-10 finishes (four top-20) • led the team with a tie for ninth individually at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate (220/+7) • tied for 14th at the William H. Tucker Invitational with a team-low 222 (+6) • tied for sixth at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate (+1) • tied for 16th at the Kiawah Classic with a score of 222 (+6) • posted fall-low rounds of 70 during the Alister MacKenzie Invitational (twice) and Kiawah Classic. Spring 2014: Had a stroke average of 70.74 in six spring tournaments, winning three • tied for first with Charlie Danielson (Illinois) at the Big Ten Championships, becoming Minnesota's first conference medalist since 2003, and helping the Gophers win their first team Big Ten title since 2007 • in the first round, shot one of tournament's two scores of 69 (-3) • finished with a four-round score of 289 (+1) • tied for ninth at the NCAA Raleigh Regional (-1) and shot a 67 in the first round • tied for first at the Duck Invitational (-3) • won the Rutherford Intercollegiate (-6) and shot a season-low 65 (-6) in the second round • finished in the top 12 of every spring tournament • finished third at the Hawkeye Invitational.

Won the bronze medal at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games as the youngest competitor in the field • tied for sixth at the 2014 Patriot All-America Championship • tied for 13th at the 2015 Latin America Amateur Championship.

Won the 2013 Callaway Junior World Golf Championship in the 15-17 division • won by two strokes (-5), becoming the first Costa Rican to win that tournament • 2013 Bob Jones Junior champion by four strokes the following week • rated among the world's top players in his graduating class • 2011 and 2012 Costa Rica Match Play champion • 2011, 2012 and 2013 Central American Junior champion • won National Junior Stroke Play in 2012 and 2013 • competed in the 2013 Toyota Junior World Cup after winning his qualifying tournament.


Year Tournaments Rounds Strokes Average -Par Top-10 Finishes Low Round
2013-14 12 36 2,591 71.97 14 7 65
2014-15 12 35 2,511 71.74 12 5 67
2015-16 4 11 855 77.72 1 -- 70
2016-17 1 3 223 74.33 -- -- 72
Total 29 85 6,180 72.70 27 12 65


Round 65 Rutherford Intercollegiate 4/19/14
Finish 1st three times, most recent at Big Ten Championships 5/2-4/14
54-Hole Score 206 Windon Memorial Classic 9/21-22/14
Tourn. Score to Par -7 Hawkeye Invitational 4/18-19/15


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