Sept. 29, 2012
University of Minnesota senior Erik Van Rooyen strung together 54 holes to remember this weekend at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate in New Mexico. The South African opened the event by tying a career-low with a six-under par 66 on Friday morning.
Van Rooyen followed that by carding rounds of 73 on Friday afternoon and a one-under 71 in the final round on Saturday to finish alone in second place. That’s a career-best finish for Van Rooyen and he was only one shot away from collecting his first collegiate win. His previous best finish came last year at the LSU Invitational where he finished in a tie for third place.
The Gophers began the final round in eighth place but responded Saturday with a combined score of 294 to tie for fourth place. The 54-hole score of 890 is a season low for Minnesota and its best tournament score since the Hawkeye Invitational last April.
Fellow senior David Haley Jr. carded the second-lowest round of the day for Minnesota with an even-par round of 72. He finished in a tie for 67th place. Freshman Jon DuToit registered a three-over 75 on Saturday and finished in a tie for 29th.
Robert Bell contributed his best round of the tournament with a 76 and finished in a tie for 67th. Alex Gaugert, who led Minnesota at the Husky Invite two weeks ago, finished in a tie for 53rd place following his third round 78.
The University of New Mexico swept the awards by winning the team title by 29 strokes over the University of Colorado. The Lobo’s Gavin Green took home medalist honors by one stroke over Van Rooyen with a 54-hole card of 209.
The Gophers will next head to South Bend, Ind. Oct. 7-9 to take part in the Fighting Irish Classic. All three rounds can be followed live on golfstat.com.
|2nd||Erik Van Rooyen||66-73-71--210|
|T67th||David Haley Jr.||79-83-72--234|
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