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
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
Minnesota 3-2 over Nebraska
Wisconsin 4-1 over Penn State
Gophers Go 2-2 at B1G Match Play
Arnorsson won all his matches, while Vining and DuToit won three apiece at Hammock Beach Resort.
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The Gophers lost to Purdue and defeated Indiana in the first two round of the Big Ten Match Play Championship
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