April 13, 2014
The University of Minnesota men’s golf team finished third at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment Invitational, led by freshman Jose Mendez’s third-place individual finish. The Gophers’ performance in Iowa City was their third top-three finish of the spring, and Mendez’s fourth top-10 individual finish of the season.
Minnesota entered the final round six strokes behind Iowa, and Mendez started the day with a two-stroke lead. But Iowa and Iowa State posted lower team scores in tough playing conditions, and Iowa won its own tournament with a team score of 853, 17 strokes ahead of the Gophers (+6). The Cyclones finished second with two fewer strokes than Minnesota.
Mendez posted his only over-par round of the tournament, a 76, on Sunday. He finished four strokes behind the Hawkeyes’ Steven Ihm and two behind Iowa State’s Scott Fernandez. He has finished in the top 10 in two of Minnesota’s three spring tournaments, and the top 20 in all three.
Jon DuToit carded a 74 on Sunday to secure his first top-10 finish of the season. He tied for 10th at 1-over. Jon Trasamar had the low round (73) for Minnesota on Sunday and tied for 16th (+5). Alex Gaugert (+6) and Matt Rachey (+7) also made the top 25.
The Gophers will next play in the Rutherford Intercollegiate (April 19-20) in University Park, Pa.
Gopher Scores (Finkbine GC - Par 72)
3. TEAM 290-284-296—870 (+6)
3. Jose Mendez 70-67-76—213 (-3)
T10. Jon DuToit 70-73-74—217 (+1)
T16. Jon Trasamar 76-72-73—221 (+5)
T20. Alex Gaugert 74-73-75—222 (+6)
T23. Matt Rachey 77-72-74—223 (+7)
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