May 7, 2014
Mendez, a native of San Jose, Costa Rica, tied for Big Ten medalist honors this past weekend. He was the first freshman since 2009 to claim the Big Ten title. It was his third tournament win of the spring. Mendez also won the Duck Invitational and Rutherford Intercollegiate, and has finished in the top 10 of six tournaments.
He currently holds a season stroke average of 72.09, including a 70.75 mark in the spring. Mendez’s season average ranks fourth all-time in program history. He has held the Gophers’ No. 1 spot in the lineup since the third tournament of the season.
Carlson is in his third season at the helm of the Minnesota golf program. This season, he guided the Gophers to their first team wins since the 2006-07 season, and Minnesota has qualified for its first team NCAA Regional appearance since 2009.
The Gophers have won four tournaments in 2013-14, including their first Big Ten title since 2007. Minnesota finished eighth at the conference championships in 2010 and 2011 and seventh in 2012. Carlson’s squad finished second last year, and took the next step to win the tournament this spring.
Mendez is the Gophers’ first Freshman of the Year since Bronson La’Cassie in 2004, and Carlson is their first Coach of the Year since Brad James in 2003.
In addition to Mendez and Carlson’s honors, sophomore Jon DuToit received Minnesota’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
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