April 26, 2013
Results (After 36 Holes)
The Gophers led for much of first day of the 2013 Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. but will start day two in second place. The University of Illinois overtook Minnesota the last three holes and will hold a two stroke lead over the Gophers entering play on Saturday. The Illini have won the last five Big Ten Championships.
Senior Erik Van Rooyen is in great shape to bring home yet another top-10 finish at the Big Ten Championships. He finished day one with a 36-hole score of 143 (70-73) and sits alone in third place. He will tee off on Saturday just three shots off the individual lead.
Junior Jon Trasamar is looking for his first top-10 finish at the championships. The Blue Earth, Minn. native will head into Saturday’s third round in a tie for 12th place with a first-day total of 148 (70-78). Jon DuToit is playing in his first Big Ten Championships but he has looked like a veteran. The freshman from Chaska is in a tie for 15th place with a card of 149 (71-78).
The Minnesota lineup was on fire early in the day at the Pete Dye Course and it continued the entire first round. The Gophers led the Iowa Hawkeyes by four strokes after the first with after combining to score a three-under par 285.
Minnesota had three players in the lineup that were in the top-five after the first round of play. Van Rooyen and Trasamar finished the first round tied for the individual lead after they each carded two-under par rounds of 70. It is the best round posted by Trasamar at the Big Ten Championships in this his third appearance.
DuToit was only one shot behind the Gopher duo at one-under par 71. Lowenstein and Bell posted scores of 74 and 76, respectively.
Iowa is two shots behind the Gophers in third place and Indiana is three shots shy in fourth place. Purdue rounds out the top five. Illinois’ Thomas Pieters and Indiana’s Brant Peaper are tied for the individual lead with 36-hole cards of 140.
The third round in French Lick is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 26. Minnesota’s lineup will start the round off the first tee, beginning at 10:20 a.m. with Lowenstein. The remaining 36 holes can be followed live on www.golfstat.com.
|3rd||Erik Van Rooyen||70-73--143|
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