Feb. 14, 2014
The University of Minnesota men’s golf team went 1-1 on the first day of the Big Ten Match Play Championship in Bradenton, Fla. The seventh-seeded Gophers defeated No. 10 Penn State 4-1 in the first round before falling to No. 2 Purdue in the quarterfinals.
Jon Trasamar (7&5 over Chris Houston) and Jose Mendez (6&5 over JD Dornes) won by the largest margins in the Gophers’ first matchup. Jon DuToit won 3&1 over Jens Talbert, and Alex Gaugert won 1-up against Christian Elliott. Tyler Lowenstein lost a close match 1-up to Xander McDonald-Smith.
Against Purdue, Matt Rachey halved his match against Luis Fernando Barco, but the Boilermakers won the other four matches to advance to the semifinals. Adam Schenk beat Mendez 1-up in the closest Gopher loss of the match. DuToit (3&1 vs. Philippe Schweizer), Trasamar (3&2 vs. Enzo Peron) and Lowenstein (5&4 vs. Austin Eoff) lost in their second matches of the day.
Minnesota will play top-seeded Illinois in the consolation bracket Saturday morning. The Illini had a first-round bye and then lost 3-2 to No. 8 Michigan.
No. 7 Gophers 4, No. 10 Penn State 1
Jose Mendez won 6&5 vs. JD Dornes
Xander McDonald-Smith won 1-up vs. Tyler Lowenstein
Jon DuToit won 3&1 vs. Jens Talbert
Alex Gaugert won 1-up vs. Christian Elliott
Jon Trasamar won 7&5 vs. Chris Houston
No. 2 Purdue 4 1/2, No. 7 Gophers 1/2
Adam Schenk won 1-up vs. Jose Mendez
Austin Eoff won 5&4 vs. Tyler Lowenstein
Philippe Schweizer won 3&1 vs. Jon DuToit
Enzo Perez won 3&2 vs. Jon Trasamar
Matt Rachey and Luis Fernando Barco halved the match
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