Gophers Finish B1G Matchplay with a Win over Nebraska

Go Gophers!
Erik Van Rooyen defeated Nebraska's Kolton Lapa 5&4 on Saturday.

Go Gophers!
Erik Van Rooyen defeated Nebraska's Kolton Lapa 5&4 on Saturday.
Go Gophers!

Feb. 9, 2013

The University of Minnesota men's golf team defeated Nebraska 3-2 on Saturday in its final match of the Big Ten Match Play in Florida. The Gophers finished 1-2 in the event.

Senior Erik Van Rooyen got the Gophers on the board with a 5&4 victory over the Huskers' Kolton Lapa. The native of South Africa played solid all weekend, finishing with a 2-0-1 record. Freshman Jon DuToit picked up a 2-up win over Ross Dickson and Jon Trasamar finished a perfect 2-0 weekend with a 1-up victory over Josh Reinertson.

The University of Illinois, the top seeded team coming into the event, did not drop a match on the weekend, en route to the title. The Illini defeated Michigan and Ohio State in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, before a 5-0 victory over Michigan State in the finals. The Spartans reached the finals with victories over Penn State, Northwestern and Iowa.

Minnesota will take a couple of weeks off before traveling to Goodyear, Ariz. for the 2013 Snowman Getaway Invitational Feb. 24-26.

B1G Matchplay Results

Opening Round
Michigan 3-2 over Minnesota

Ohio State 3-1-1 over Wisconsin

Michigan State 4-1 over Penn State

Purdue 3-2 over Nebraska

Championship Bracket (Quarterfinals)
Illinois 4-0-1 over Michigan

Ohio State 2-1-2 over Indiana

Michigan State 4-1 over Northwestern

Iowa 4-1 over Purdue

Championship Bracket (Semifinals)
Illinois 5-0 over Ohio State

Michigan State 3-2 over Iowa

Championship Bracket (Finals)
Illinois 5-0 over Michigan State 

Consolation Bracket (Friday)
Wisconsin 2-2-1 over Nebraska

Penn State 3-1-1 over Minnesota

Consolation Bracket (Third Place Match)
Iowa 3-1-1 over Ohio State

Consolation Bracket (Fifth Place Match)
Northwestern 2-2-1 over Indiana

Consolation Bracket (Seventh Place Match)
Michigan 3-1-1 over Purdue

Consolation Bracket
Minnesota 3-2 over Nebraska
Wisconsin 4-1 over Penn State