April 25, 2013
The University of Minnesota Men's Golf Team will travel to French Lick, Ind. this week to participate in the Big Ten Championships April 26- 28. Play will take place at the Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort.
Last year, the Gophers took 7th place while the University of Illinois won the tournament. Play will consist of four rounds beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday and continuing at 1:00 p.m. Rounds three and four will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.
Live scoring will be available at golfstat.com.
After this weekend, the Gophers will have competed in three consecutive weekend tournaments. Minnesota finished in a tie for third place last weekend at the Rutherford Invitational. All five Gophers; participants finished in the top 25 at the Rutherford. The week prior, the Gophers also finished in a tie for third place at the Hawkeye Invitational.
Sophomore Tyler Lowenstein had the best tournament finish of his collegiate career after finishing in a tie for 10th place with a 54-hole total of 223. Erik Van Rooyen, Robert Bell, and Jon Trasamar all finished with a total score of 226 and tied for 22nd. Trasamar contributed the Gophers’ lowest card of the tournament with an even-par 71 in the final round. Alex Gaugert finished one stroke behind the trio with a 54-hole total of 227 and a 23rd place finish.
The Field: The Gophers (110) will compete against fellow Big Ten teams (Golfweek Rankings): Illinois (28), Indiana (55), Iowa (58), Michigan (116), Michigan State (100), Nebraska (143), Northwestern (34), Ohio State (88), Penn State (123), Purdue (78) and Wisconsin (164).
The Course: The Pete Dye Course plays at 8,102 yards and par 72, the longest layout of the season thus far for the Gophers.
Lineup: Seniors Erik Van Rooyen and Robert Bell will be playing in their final Big Ten Championships. Van Rooyen has two career top-10 finishes at the B1G event.
They will be joined by sophomore Tyler Lowenstein, freshman Jon DuToit and junior Jon Trasamar.
Up Next: The NCAA Regionals will begin May 16 at several locations around the country. Van Rooyen has qualified the last two seasons as an individual.
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