Former University of Minnesota men's golf All-American Bronson La'Cassie received a sponsor's exemption into the John Deere Classic, this weekend's PGA Tour stop at the TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill.
In his first career professional event on the Hooters Tour, La'Cassie tied for second and earned more than $13,000. He fired a 23-under-par total of 265, one shot shy of the tournament winner at the Buffalo Run Casino Classic in late June.
This past year, La'Cassie earned his fourth All-America citation becoming the first Minnesota golfer to receive All-America honors in all four of his collegiate seasons. . He was an honorable mention selection in 2004 and 2006, and was a third team selection in 2005. Tom Lehman (1979, ’80, ’81) and Justin Smith (2002, ’03, ’04) are the only other Gophers to be awarded All-America honors in three seasons.
La’Cassie finished tied for tied for 22nd at NCAAs after leading the tournament after 36 holes. Earlier this season, La’Cassie was named first team All-Big Ten for the fourth consecutive season. His season stroke average of 72.71 is the eighth best in Gopher history and his career average of 72.48 ranks second on the Minnesota career scoring average list. La’Cassie owns four of the top 10 season stroke averages in Gopher golf history.
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