Feb. 11, 2012
The Golden Gopher men’s golf team took second place in the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla. The Gophers beat fourth-seeded Purdue by a tiebreaker in the semifinals, then fell to seventh-seeded Northwestern by a score of 4.5-1.5 in the championship. This was Minnesota’s best finish in the four-year history of the event. The Gophers finished fourth in 2009.
“It was a really good way to start the spring season,” head coach John Carlson said of the second-place finish.
Through 13 holes in the championship round, each team was leading three matches. But the 20-mile-per-hour winds, difficult greens, and number of holes played over the weekend began to wear on the Gophers.
“It was pretty exciting at one point,” Carlson said. “But the golf course was so difficult today.”
Tyler Lowenstein was the only Gopher to win his match in the final round. He defeated Matthew Negri, 5&3. Tim Peterzen halved his match with Nick Losole III. Sam Chien earned a 2-up win over Jon Trasamar, Eric Chun beat Erik Van Rooyen, 3&2, Bennett Lavin beat David Haley Jr., 4&3, and Jack Perry posted a 6&4 victory over Robert Bell.
In the semifinals, the Gophers and Boilermakers won three matches apiece, but Minnesota won more holes to win the tiebreaker. Trasamar beat Justin Cho, 5&3. Peterzen beat Enzo Perez , 3&1. Haley earned a 1-up victory over William Sjaichudin. Lowenstein (3&1 to Jakob Ziegler), Van Rooyen (3&2 to Tyler Duncan), and Bell (2-up to Adam Schenck) lost their matches.
The Gophers advanced to the semifinals by defeating ninth-seeded Michigan and top-seeded Illinois on Friday.
Minnesota will travel next to Scottsdale, Ariz., to face Northern Arizona on Feb. 25.
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