Gophers Finish Seventh at B1G Match Play
Mendez won three of his four matches.
Feb. 16, 2015

Minnesota men’s golf split its two matches Monday to finish seventh at the Big Ten Match Play Championship. The Golden Gophers lost 3-2 to Northwestern in the first consolation round, then went on to defeat Ohio State 3-2 in the afternoon’s seventh-place match at Hammond Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Fla.

Jon DuToit was the only Gopher not to lose a match, going 2-0-1 during the tournament overall. He led the whole way in his match against the Buckeyes’ Grant Weaver. Jose Mendez had the team’s most wins with a 3-1-0 record. William Leaf and Rúnar Arnórsson each nabbed a pair of victories.

Overall, nine of Minnesota's matches were won or lost 1 up. One was halved. The Gophers won one 2&1 match and lost another.

“To come away from the Big Ten Match Play with four close matches was perfect preparation for the spring season,” head coach John Carlson said. “Getting wins at the 1, 2 and 3 spots with Jose, Jon and Runar was important, and will certainly continue to be a key to the rest of our season.”

Illinois won the Big Ten Match Play. The Illini beat Michigan in the title match.

Up next on the Gophers’ schedule is a trip to the Puerto Rico Classic in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. The tournament will run Feb. 22-24. 

Day 2 Results

Consolation Bracket: Northwestern 3, Gophers 2 – Ocean Course
Sam Triplett (NU) def. Charlie Duensing (MINN) 1 up
Scott Smith (NU) def. William Leaf (MINN) 1 up
Matthew Negri (NU) def. Tyler Lowenstein (MINN) 7&5
Runar Arnorsson (MINN) def. Josh Jamieson (NU) 1 up
Jose Mendez (MINN) def. Dylan Wu (NU) 3&2

Seventh-Place Match: Gophers 3, Ohio State 2 – Ocean Course
William Leaf (MINN) def. Nick Sparling (OSU) 2&1
Tee-k Kelly (OSU) def. Runar Arnorsson (MINN) 3&2
Boo Timko (OSU) def. Riley Johnson (MINN) 1 up
Jon DuToit (MINN) def. Grant Weaver (OSU) 1 up
Jose Mendez (MINN) def. Clark Engle (OSU) 1 up

Day 1 Results

Round 1: Gophers 4, Penn State 1 – Conservatory Course
Charlie Duensing (MINN) def. Geoff Vartelas (PSU) 1 up
Christian Elliott (PSU) def. Tyler Lowenstein (MINN) 4&3
Runar Arnorsson (MINN) def. Cole Miller (PSU) 4&2
Jon DuToit (MINN) def. Cody Cox (PSU) 3&1
Jose Mendez (MINN) def. JD Dornes (PSU) 1 up

Round 2: Iowa 3.5, Gophers 1.5 – Conservatory Course
William Leaf (MINN) def. Voramate Aussarassakorn (IOWA) 4&3
Ian Vandersee (IOWA) def. Runar Arnorsson (MINN) 1 up
Brian Bullington (IOWA) def. Riley Johnson (MINN) 2&1
Jon DuToit (MINN) and Raymond Knoll (IOWA) halved
Carson Schaake (IOWA) def. Jose Mendez (MINN) 3&2




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