May 3, 2014
With 18 holes left at the Big Ten Championships, the University of Minnesota men's golf team holds both the team and individual lead. The Golden Gophers moved from second to first, and Jose Mendez held onto his own lead on a windy day in French Lick, Indiana.
Minnesota enters the final round of the conference tournament seven strokes ahead of second-place Illinois and Purdue. First-place status changed hands several times on Saturday before the Gophers separated late in the round.
Mendez played a steady round of 1-over 73 and leads by three at even par after 54 holes. No player in the field shot under par on Saturday. The Illini's Charlie Danielson was the only player to shot even par on Saturday. He is in second behind Mendez at 3 over.
"Day 3 was one of the most treacherous days on the golf course I have witnessed in four years of coaching," head coach John Carlson said. "We handled the conditions very well on our finishing nine holes. Jose, Jon, Alex and Jon led us today into a seven-shot lead heading to the final round. These are exciting times for Gopher golf and all golf fans in the state of Minnesota."
The Gophers are seeking their first team Big Ten title since tying for first in 2007, and their first individual conference champion since Matt Anderson in 2003.
The final round will begin at 7 a.m. CDT on Sunday.
Gopher Scores (Pete Dye Course - Par 72)
1. TEAM 295-300-301--896 (+32)
1. Jose Mendez 69-74-73--216 (E)
T6. Jon Trasamar 74-76-74--224 (+8)
T12. Jon DuToit 75-75-76--226 (+10)
T24. Alex Gaugert 77-75-78--230 (+14)
59. Tyler Lowenstein 78-79-91--248 (+32)
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