Strong Second Round Has Gophers in Good Position at Big ten Championship
April 27, 2012
Minnesota used a strong second round to put the Gophers in good position heading into day two of the Big Ten Championship in French Lick, Ind. After two rounds at the Frank Dye Golf Course, Minnesota is in fifth place after carding a combined score of 605 (+29).
The Gopher’s second round of 297 (+11) was 11 strokes better than its’ first round. Junior Erik Van Rooyen once again led Minnesota. He sits in a tie for eight after shooting rounds of 75 (+3) and 73 (+1). Tyler Lowenstein, who was seeded fifth, was a bright spot for Minnesota. He is in a tie for fourteenth. His second round score of 71 (-1) is his lowest score of the year. His first round was a 79 (+7).
“I think our team overcame some adversity during the morning session by scoring well in the afternoon. We really got some great performances today and put ourselves in position heading into Saturday’s round,” said Gopher head coach John Carlson.
Jon Trasamar is another example of this. He tallied rounds of 85 (+13) and 72 (E). The second round was Trasamar’s best since the Kiawah Classic in October. David Haley Jr. shot a strong first round carding a 73 (+1). He shot an 82 (+10) in the afternoon session. Robert Bell shot consecutive rounds of 81 (+9).
Three-time defending champion Illinois has a three-stroke lead on second place Michigan State. Illinois has a score of 592 (+16) through two rounds. Indiana and Purdue, competing in their home state, are third and forth respectively. Illinois’ Luke Guthrie leads the individual competition by two strokes over Northwestern’s Sam Chien, who is in second place. Guthrie is at -1 after two rounds.
The Gophers will be back in action on Saturday in round three of the championship. Minnesota will be paired with Northwestern on Saturday.