March 28, 2013
Senior Erik Van Rooyen tied a career-low with an opening round 66 (-4) and is in a tie for first place at the 45th annual U.S. Intercollegiate Tournament at Stanford Golf Course. The Gophers are in a tie for 14th place as a team heading into the second round in Palo Alto.
Van Rooyen, a two-time NCAA Regional qualifier, is one of nine players that will head into Friday’s second round in first place. His front nine included a bogey, five pars, a pair of birdies and an eagle on the par-five seventh. The South African native added two more birdies and a bogey on the back.
Jon Trasamar posted Minnesota’s next best score with a two-over par 72 and is in a tie for 49th place. Trasamar did produce five birdies on the day. Tyler Lowenstein and Robert Bell each contributed an opening round 75 while Alex Gaugert carded a 77.
Six teams were able to post sub-par rounds on the day, led by the host Stanford Cardinal at eight under (272). St. Mary’s is in second at seven under (273), followed by TCU (274), San Francisco (275), San Jose State (276) and USC (277).
Play is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. CT tomorrow for second round play. The entire tournament can be followed live on Gophersports.com/sports/m-golf.
|T1st||Erik Van Rooyen||-4 (66)|
|T49th||Jon Trasamar||+2 (72)|
|T76th||Tyler Lowenstein||+5 (75)|
|T76th||Robert Bell||+5 (75)|
|T89th||Alex Gaugert||+7 (77)|
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