March 24, 2014
Freshman Jose Mendez is tied for second and the University of Minnesota men's golf team is in position to aim for its third win of the season. The Golden Gophers are in fourth place after 36 holes of the Duck Invitational at Emerald Valley Golf Club in Creswell, Ore.
Minnesota is six strokes out of the lead, currently held by Oregon State (+6). Oregon (+8) and Loyola Marymount (+9) are also ahead of the 12-over Gophers. Mendez (-2) is one stroke behind the individual leader, Pacific's Byron Meth, and one stroke ahead of third place.
Mendez was tied for first after shooting a morning round of 69 (-3), tying his season best. He followed up with a 1-over 73 in the afternoon. Mendez made seven birdies to five bogeys on the day.
The Gophers were tied for fourth as a team after the first round, moved to first at one point during the second round, and ended the day in fourth. Redshirt senior Jon Trasamar is tied for 15th at +2 on the day with rounds of 71 and 75.
The final round will take place Tuesday starting at 10:30 a.m. CDT.
4. TEAM 294-294--588 (+12)
2. Jose Mendez 69-73--142 (-2)
T15. Jon Trasamar 71-75--146 (+2)
T29. Jon DuToit 76-73--149 (+5)
T48. Matt Rachey 78-73--151 (+7)
T68. Alex Gaugert 81-75--156 (+12)
Mendez Travels the World for Golf
The Gophers senior has played in all three Latin American Amateur Championships since the event's inception.
2017 Gopher Invitational Field Announced
Ten teams from the 2016 tournament will return to Windsong Farm Golf Club this fall.
Gophers Excel in Classroom
Minnesota's fall grades are in, and six team members had at least a 3.7 grade point average.