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The University of Minnesota men's golf program opened the 2012-13 season with a 13th place finish at the eighth annual Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata. Minnesota carded rounds of 306-313-313 (+68).
The California Golden Bears lead wire-to-wire to claim team honors by 14 strokes over second place Southern Methodist. Cal was the only team to finish under-par with a 54-hole score of 862 (-2).
The Gophers were led by senior Erik Van Rooyen and freshman Jon DuToit, who both carded 54-holes scores of 228 and finished in a tie for 22nd. David Haley Jr. finished alone in 64th place with a card of 240 while Alex Gaugert (243) and Tyler Lowenstein (251) finished in 68th and a tie for 72nd, respectively.
Kent State's Corey Conners carded the round of the day with a four-under par 68 to take medalist honors by one stroke over the Cal duo of Max Homa and Michael Kim. Conners, one of only four players to score under par in what was a blustery final round, began the day in a tie for seventh place.
Minnesota is back at it next Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 17-18) at the Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Washington.
T22nd: Erik Van Rooyen 77-75-76--228 (+12)
T22nd: Jon DuToit 73-79-76--228 (+12)
64th: David Haley Jr. 75-83-82--240 (+24)
68th: Alex Gaugert 84-80-79--243 (+27)
*71st: Colton Buege 88-82-79--249 (+33)
T72nd: Tyler Lowenstein 81-79-91--251 (+35)
*74th: Jon Trasamar 78-83-93--254 (+38)
*Played as individuals
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