April 23, 2014
University of Minnesota freshman Jose Mendez has been named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday. The San Jose, Costa Rica, native won his second collegiate tournament at the Rutherford Intercollegiate.
Mendez’s 6-under tournament score of 207 helped the Golden Gophers win their third event of the season. He followed his 3-under first round of 68 with a career-low 65 in the second and entered the final round with the lead.
Mendez carded a 74 in Sunday’s final round to win medalist honors by three strokes. The Gophers won the team title by 12 strokes.
Entering the Big Ten Championships (May 2-4), Mendez holds a season stroke average of 72.07, currently fourth in program history. His spring average of 70.25 also leads the team.
Mendez became the Gophers’ first individual medalist, and two-time medalist, since Clayton Rask won twice in 2006-07. He has helped Minnesota win three tournaments in the same season since 2003-04.
Minnesota’s last Big Ten Golfer of the Week was Jon Trasamar in October 2013.
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