Gophers Finish as the Runner-up at the Big Ten Championships
April 28, 2013
This was the best performance by the Gophers at the Big Ten Championships since also finishing runner-up at the 2009 event. The 72-hole card is also the team’s best score at the championships since carding a 1,162 in 2009.
Senior Erik Van Rooyen paced Minnesota on Sunday with an even round card of 72. He finished with a 72-hole score of 289 to finish in a tie for second place. It is the best finish for the South African at the Big Ten Championships and his third career top-10 finish at the event. Van Rooyen was named to the All-Championships team following play in French Lick.
Freshman Jon DuToit almost joined Van Rooyen on the All-Championships team after posting a final round score of 74. He finished in a tie for eighth place with a weekend total of 295, his best finish as a collegiate and the second top-10 finish of his rookie campaign.
Minnesota just missed out on a third player in the top 10 as senior Robert Bell finished alone in 12th place with a 72-hole score of 296. It is the highest finish for Bell at the Big Ten Championships. Junior Jon Trasamar recovered from a tough third round and contributed a one-over par 73 on Sunday. His 72-hole score of 300 tied him for 17th place, the best finish for the Blue Earth, Minn. native at the championships.
Sophomore Tyler Lowenstein also had his best showing at the Big Ten Championships, as he finished in a tie for 25th place with a score of 302.
Illinois won its fifth-straight conference title, this one by nine strokes over the Gophers. Iowa took third and Ohio State and Indiana finished in a tie for fourth place.