Oct. 21, 2013
The University of Minnesota men’s golf team has won its first tournament title since the 2006-07 season. The Golden Gophers beat 14 teams to win the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate by 17 strokes over Temple at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J., on Monday.
Senior Jon Trasamar was the tournament runner-up, finishing one stroke behind Temple’s Brandon Matthews. Trasamar carded a career-low, 6-under 66 in the second round. He shot a 29 on the back nine (five birdies and an eagle) to finish at 6-under overall. Trasamar’s second-place showing was also a career best.
"Jon Trasamar helped secure our team's victory with a closing nine of 7-under-par 29," head coach John Carlson said. "One of the finest nine holes in the history of Minnesota men's golf. This was a collective team effort today and this weekend to win by 17 shots. Coach Tyler Stith and I are very proud of the confidence shown on the golf course this week by everyone."
The last tournament the Gophers won was the 2007 Big Ten Championship, where they tied for first with Michigan State. They also tied for first with Stanford at the U.S. Intercollegiate that season. The last time Minnesota won a tournament outright was the 2005 Gopher Invitational.
TEAM: 291-280—571 (-5) FIRST PLACE
2. Jon Trasamar 72-66—138 (-6)
4. Alex Gaugert 72-71—143 (-1)
t-6. Jose Mendez 74-71—145 (+1)
t-6. Matt Rachey 73-72—145 (+1)
t-8. Tyler Lowenstein 74-72—146 (+2)
Notes: *The Gophers have finished under par as a team in two consecutive tournaments. They were 7-under at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational.
*Jon Trasamar led the field in par-4 scoring, par-5 scoring, birdies (12) and eagles (two).
*Alex Gaugert, Jose Mendez and Tyler Lowenstein now have two top-10 finishes each this season. Jon Trasamar and Matt Rachey have one each.
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