Sept. 27, 2013
Once again, freshman Jose Mendez is leading the way for the University of Minnesota men's golf team. The Golden Gophers are in sixth place through two rounds of the William H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., with Mendez tied for 17th individually.
With a score of 596 (+20), Minnesota is three shots out of a tie for fourth. Arizona (-5) leads host New Mexico by 11 strokes.
Mendez had rounds of 75 (+3) and 73 (+1) and is eight strokes off the lead held by TCU's Julien Brun and Arizona State's Jon Rahm. Tyler Lowenstein carded the Gophers' only under-par round with a 1-under 71 in the first round, but dropped to 8-over on the day after a difficult second round.
The Gophers recorded two eagles on the day. Mendez eagled the 14th and Jon Trasamar eagled the 18th, both par-5 holes, during the Gophers' second round of the day. Minnesota made it as high as second place during the day, and hovered around the third and fourth slots, but struggled down the final stretch.
"We had a great day, but went 11-over on the last five holes," head coach John Carlson said. "It was tough to finish that way after battling all day."
The Gophers will look to bounce back Saturday morning in the final round. Play will begin in shotgun fashion starting at 8:45 CT.
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