Sept. 18, 2012
The University of Minnesota men’s golf team saved its best for last. The Gophers combined to shoot a 10-over par 298 Tuesday during the final round of the Husky Invitational in Washington, shaving 15 strokes off their second round score of 313 and in the process moved up the leaderboard two spots to finish in 10th place.
Minnesota’s 54-hole score of 911 (300-313-298) is a 21-stroke improvement over its season opening score of 932 last week at the Gopher Invitational.
It was a coming out party of sorts for Minnesota junior Alex Gaugert. The Lake Geneva, Wis. native shot a second consecutive three-over par 75 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for 18th place, the first top-20 finish in his collegiate career. His 54-hole score of 222 (72-75-75) was just three shots off his career-best of 219 that he established as a freshman at the Alister Mackenzie Invite.
Freshman Jon DuToit and senior Erik Van Rooyen carded third round scores of 74 and 77, respectively, to finish in a tie for 30th place with three-day totals of 226. Senior David Haley Jr. rebounded nicely from his second round score of 88 with a two-over par 74 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 65th place.
Sophomore Tyler Lowenstein improved the most on Tuesday, however. The Plymouth, Minn. native carded a 91 in the second round but finished the tournament with a third round score of 75 for a three-day total of 248.
The host University of Washington Huskies ran away with the team portion of the invitational, finishing nine strokes ahead of second place Texas A&M with a 54-hole score of 862. St. Mary’s of California finished in third place, followed by California-Davis and San Diego State.
Minnesota will take 10 days off before heading to Albuquerque, N.M. to take part in the William H. Tucker Invitational Sept. 28-29. The event will be hosted by the University of New Mexico.