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.
Gophers Sixth at Maui Jim Led by Flanagan, Jones
Two Minnesota players finished in the top six spots at Desert Forest Golf Club.
Three Gophers in Top 10 through 36
Minnesota is in sixth place with 18 holes left at the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Carefree, Ariz.
Gophers Near Top of Maui Jim Leaderboard
Riley Johnson is tied for third individually after 18 holes of play as the Gophers are tied for second.