Jose Mendez  
Jose Mendez

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
San Jose, Costa Rica

High School:
Saint Anthony


2013-14 • FRESHMAN SEASON:
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.

AMATEUR PLAY:
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

Career Bests

Round 65 Rutherford Intercollegiate 4/19/14
Finish 1st three times, most recent at Big Ten Championships 5/2-4/14
Score 207 Rutherford Intercollegiate 4/19-20/14
Tourn. Score to Par -6 Rutherford Intercollegiate 4/19-20/14