Feb. 8, 2013
The University of Minnesota men's golf team opened the spring portion of its schedule with a pair of close losses at the 2013 Big Ten Match Play at Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla. The Gophers will play the University of Nebraska on Saturday morning in their final match of the event. Nebraska dropped matches to Purdue and Wisconsin.
The Gophers lost to Michigan 3-2 in the morning round and 3-1-1 to Penn State in the consolation round. Senior Erik Van Rooyen defeated the Wolverine's Chris O'Neill 6&5 and sophomore Tyler Lowenstein topped Noori Hyun 3&1.
Jon Trasamar won the lone match 1-up against Penn State's Geoff Vartelas while Van Rooyen halved his match with Jens Talbert.
Illinois will face Ohio State and Iowa will matchup with Michigan State in the semifinal matches on Saturday morning. The winners will faceoff in the afternoon for the 2013 B1G Match Play title.
B1G Matchplay Results
Michigan 3-2 over Minnesota
Ohio State 3-1-1 over Wisconsin
Michigan State 4-1 over Penn State
Purdue 3-2 over Nebraska
Illinois 4-01 over Michigan
Ohio State 2-1-2 over Indiana
Michigan State 4-1 over Northwestern
Iowa 4-1 over Purdue
Wisconsin 2-2-1 over Nebraska
Penn State 3-1-1 over Minnesota
Johnson Ties for 12th at Valspar Collegiate
The Golden Gophers finished 12th as a team at the Floridian against a tough field.
Johnson, Gophers Move Up Valspar Leaderboard
Riley Johnson is tied for fifth, two shots behind the leader going into the final round at the Floridian.
Arnorsson Two Shots Out of Lead
The Golden Gophers are in 13th place after 18 holes of the Valspar Collegiate.