April 19, 2014
Once again, the University of Minnesota men’s golf team is in good position entering the final round of a tournament. The Golden Gophers are in first place as a team and freshman Jose Mendez holds the individual lead after two rounds of the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa.
Minnesota posted team scores of 286 and 278 to finish with a 4-under total of 564. The Gophers have a nine-stroke lead over second-place Rutgers. Their 278 was the lowest by anyone in the 14-team field in either round Saturday, and the second-lowest by Minnesota this season.
Mendez’s career-low, 6-under 65 in the second round was the lowest score of the first day of the tournament. He birdied five holes, eagled the par-5 12th and bogeyed only one hole. In his first round, he had four birdies and one bogey. Mendez is two strokes ahead of the Scarlet Knights’ Jonathan Renza.
Senior Alex Gaugert is tied for third place with a 2-under total of 142. He played steady golf with an even-par first round and 2-under second round. Gaugert tallied six birdies to four bogeys Saturday.
Sophomore Jon DuToit is also in the top 20 for the Gophers. He carded a 75 and a 71 on the first day of competition.
"Jose was sensational today," head coach John Carlson said. "His 65 was one shot off the tournament course record. Today was a great team effort."
Minnesota has won two tournaments this season, and finished in the top three of each of its spring tournaments so far. Mendez earned his first collegiate win at the Duck Invitational in March.
The third and final round of the Rutherford Invitational tees off Sunday morning.
Gopher Scores (Penn State Blue Course – Par 71)
1. TEAM 286-278—564 (-4)
1. Jose Mendez 68-65—133 (-9)
T3. Alex Gaugert 71-69—140 (-2)
T19. Jon DuToit 75-71—146 (+4)
T34. Matt Rachey 75-73—148 (+6)
T45. Jon Trasamar 72-77—149 (+7)
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