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
Longbella in Top 10 After Day One at Royal Oaks
Seeking the first top-10 finish of his career, freshman Thomas Longbella leads the way for Minnesota and sits tied for 10th after the first day one.
Gophers Head to Royal Oaks Intercollegiate
The Gophers hit the road once again as they travel to Dallas, Texas for the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
Meyer Relishes Role of Captain
The senior from Fargo, N.D., asked for and received a second year as appointed team leader.