The NCAA today announced that Gopher golfers Clayton Rask and Victor Almstrom have been selected to play as individuals in the 2008 NCAA Central Regional. The NCAA selected 27 teams and six individuals to compete in the west, central and east regional’s. The top two individuals not affiliated with advancing teams will qualify for the 2008 NCAA Championships.
The central regional, hosted by the Ohio State University, is a 54-hole tournament that is scheduled to begin on May 15 at OSU’s Scarlet Course.
A senior from Ostego, Minn., Rask led the Gophers in the fall and spring seasons in stroke average at 71.33 and 74, respectively, and was named to the 2008 All-Big Ten First Team. His combined stroke average of 72.78 this season is the 13th-lowest since 1979 for Minnesota.
Rask compiled seven top-20 finishes this season, six of which were also top-10 finishes. He finished tied for first in back-to-back tournaments, the Windon Memorial and the Prestige at PGA West. In the Windon Memorial, he carded a 7-under 206, the lowest 54-hole score of his career.
A native of Vallingby, Sweden, Almstrom earned his first All-Big Ten First Team honor after finishing in a tie for fifth with a 5-over 293 at the conference championships. An Honorable Mention All-American in 2007, he played in 10 of the Gophers’ 11 tournaments in 2007-08 and finished with a combined stroke average of 73.36, 22nd lowest for the Gophers since 1979.
Almstrom garnered three top-10 finishes this season, including a tie for second place at the Ping/Golfweek Preview. He scored a 5-under 211 in the tournament for his lowest 54-hole round of the season. Also, he tied his career-low score of 67 in the Windon Memorial for one of his three aforementioned top-10 finishes.