April 29, 2012
Minnesota finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind. The Gophers shot 63-over 1,215 in the four round event at the Frank Dye Golf Course. Sunday's round saw every Gopher shoot better than Saturday's. "I am very proud of the way the guys held up this weekend on a really tough golf course," said head coach John Carlson.
Minnesota used strong rounds from Erik Van Rooyen and Robert Bell on Sunday to propel them to a seventh place finish. Both carded rounds of 72 (E). Erik Van Rooyen finished the tournament in seventh place among individuals tallying a 294 (+6). Bell finished second among Gophers in Indiana after shooting a 308 (+20) for the tournament. That score put him in a tie for 28th.
It was the second-consecutive top-10 performance for Erik Van Rooyen at the Big Ten Championship. He will compete at the NCAA Regional as an individual. "I am so very proud of his accomplishment," Carlson said.
David Haley Jr. posted a score of 76 (+4) Sunday. He finished the tournament shooting a 23-over 311. Jon Trasamar was 6-over par today and 30-over for the tournament. Tyler Lowenstein shot an 80 (+8) to conclude his championship.
Illinois won its' fourth consecutive conference title by combining on a score of 1, 175 (+23). That was three strokes better than the Hoosiers of Indiana. Illinois' Luke Guthrie won the individual title. He was the leader start-to-finish in capturing his second-consecutive individual medal. He posted a 5-under 283 that was four strokes better than Northwestern's Sam Chien's 287 (-1).
The NCAA Regionals will take place May 17-19 at six different sites around the country. Minnesota's Erik Van Rooyen
will be competing in the tournament.