Oct. 14, 2013
On the first day of the Alister MacKenzie Invitational, the University of Minnesota men’s golf team posted its two lowest scores of the season. After 36 holes, the Golden Gophers sit in fifth place in Sonoma, Calif.
Minnesota followed a 2-under-par round of 286 with a 5-under 283. Junior Alex Gaugert carded a career-low 67 (-5) in the second round and enters the third and final round tied for sixth place (-6). He eagled the second hole and went 5-under on the front nine.
"He's really been practicing well," head coach John Carlson said. "He's in control of his driver, and he rolled the putter well today. He's one of the longer players in the Big Ten, and he used that length and hit it straight."
Four of five Gophers equaled or bettered their best 18-hole scores of the season. Jon DuToit and Jon Trasamar are tied for 27th (E), with Jose Mendez (t-35th) close behind at 1-over. Tyler Lowenstein is tied for 55th (+4).
"The course conditions were fairly easy, but you still had to hit good shots," Carlson said. "We had a solid day with all five guys contributing. Jon DuToit played probably his best 36 holes this year, and hope to see him build on that."
Minnesota is five shots out of fourth place and seven shots out of second. Host California leads the tournament at 35-under. Oregon and Arizona State (-14) are tied for second. Cal’s Joel Stalter (-11) is one stroke ahead of teammates Brandon Hagy and Pace Johnson on the individual leaderboard.
Tee times for the third round will start at 10 a.m. CT on Tuesday.
TEAM: t-5. 286-283—569 (-7)
t-6. Alex Gaugert 71-67—138 (-6)
t-27. Jon DuToit 73-71—144 (E)
t-27. Jon Trasamar 74-70—144 (E)
t-35. Jose Mendez 70-75—145 (+1)
t-55. Tyler Lowenstein 72-76—148 (+4)
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