April 11, 2013
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After a few weeks off from tournament play, the Gophers are taking a trip to neighboring Iowa to take part in the 20th annual Hawkeye Invitational April 13- 14. The tournament, hosted by the University of Iowa, will take place at Finkbine Golf Course in Iowa City.
Play will begin with 36 holes on Friday beginning with a 9:00 a.m. (CT) shotgun start. The final round will be played on Sunday, also scheduled for a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.
Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com
The Gophers are coming off their best performance of the season after recording the lowest score since October of 2010. Three Gopher golfers carded their best performances of the season including senior Erik Van Rooyen's third top-10 finish of his career with a 54-hole total of 209. As a result, Van Rooyen was honored last week as the Co-Big Ten Conference Player of the week.
Senior Robert Bell turned in a season-low 212 and had the lowest score of the team on the last round with a one-below-par 69. Sophomore Tyler Lowenstein recorded the best round of his collegiate career after scoring an even-par 70. His 54-hole total is also his lowest score so far as a Gopher.
The Course: Finkbine golf course is located within walking distance to Iowa's Kinnick Stadium and plays at a par 72 and 7,100 yards.
The Field (Golfweek Ranking): The University of Minnesota (112) will join Charlotte (66), Iowa (59), Iowa State (84), Kansas (104), Miami (OH) (164), Michigan State (96), Nebraska (150), Notre Dame (118), Penn State (122), Washington State (68), and Wisconsin (171) in the tournament.
Gopher Lineup: The Gophers held a qualifier earlier in the week at Pioneer Creek Golf Course in Maple Plain, Minn. The scheduled 36-hole event quickly turned into an 18-hole qualifier due to weather.
Van Rooyen and Bell went into the qualifier with exempt status. The senior duo will be joined by Lowenstein, freshman Jon DuToit and junior Alex Gaugert - all of which carded one-under par rounds of 71 at Pioneer Creek.
Minnesota's qualifying can be followed on Gophersports.com.
Up Next: The Gophers have a quick turnover before heading to University Park, Pa. to take part in the Rutherford Invitational April 20-21 hosted by Penn State University. The final scheduled event will be the Big Ten Championships April 26-28 in French Lick, Ind.
Minnesota will learn its post-season fate shortly after the finale of the B1G Championships. The NCAA Regionals are slated to begin on May 16 at sites to be determined.