May 30, 2014
Jose Mendez has been named to the Golf Coaches Association of America’s All-Freshman Team. He is one of just five freshmen in Division I to make the list.
Mendez was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year and selected to the All-Big Ten First Team after tying for medalist honors at the Big Ten Championships. He was the first freshman Big Ten champion since 2009. Mendez recently received PING All-Region honors after tying for ninth place at the NCAA Raleigh Regional.
In a season that included three individual tournament wins, Mendez held a stroke average of 71.97, which ranks third in program history for a single season. His average during Minnesota’s six spring tournaments was 70.74.
“This is a well-deserved honor for his outstanding freshman year that included three victories,” head coach John Carlson said. “The first-team selections are all a very deserving group. Jose has a bright future ahead of him as a Gopher.”
GCAA All-Freshman Team
Robby Shelton – Alabama
Wyndham Clark – Oklahoma State
Rico Hoey – USC
Jack Maguire – Florida State
Jose Mendez – MINNESOTA
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.
Gophers Travel to Maui Jim Intercollegiate
Minnesota's first road tournament of the season runs Sept. 22-24 at Desert Forest GC in Arizona.