Van Rooyen Wins Minnesota State Amateur

Go Gophers!
Van Rooyen is the second Gopher in a row to win the MGA Amateur.

Go Gophers!
Van Rooyen is the second Gopher in a row to win the MGA Amateur.
Go Gophers!

July 18, 2012

Golden Gopher senior Erik Van Rooyen, playing out of Les Bolstad Golf Club, shot even par for the tournament at the 109th Minnesota State Amateur at Hastings Country Club to claim the title by three strokes. He becomes the 23nd player with Gopher ties to win the tournament and also the second straight following Donald Constable’s win in last year’s event at White Bear Yacht Club.

Van Rooyen moved into the lead on day two of the tournament after a 3-under 68, his best round of the week. He was never more than one stroke over par during the tournament, and he birdied the 18th hole today to finish as the only player at even par (72-68-73).

A native of Oudtshoorn, South Africa, Van Rooyen will enter his senior season at Minnesota this fall. He was an All-Big Ten Second Team selection as a junior after finishing seventh in the conference tournament. He went on to compete at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional.

Van Rooyen posted six top-20 and three top-10 finishes for the Gophers last season, including a career-best tie for third at the LSU Invitational. He led the Gophers with a stroke average of 72.6, the 12th-lowest season average in Minnesota history. He begins his senior year with the program’s ninth-best career stroke average ever (73.98).

Current Gophers Colton Buege and David Haley Jr. also finished in the top 10. Buege, an incoming sophomore, tied for fifth (75-70-72). Haley, a senior, tied for eighth (78-71-70).

Their teammates Robert Bell and Jon DuToit tied for 15th, while Tyler Lowenstein and Genki Hirayama tied for 22nd and 30th, respectively. Former Gopher Adam Dooley tied for 25th.

The Gophers will open the 2012-13 season on Sept. 9-10 by hosting the eighth annual Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata.

All-Time Gopher State Amateur Champions

Year (s)

Les Bolstad

1931

Lee Herron

1933

Neil Croonquist

1941, 1960

Henry Ernst

1949

Spero Daltas

1954

Thomas Hadley

1955

William Waryan

1956

Robert Henrickson

1958

Eugene Hansen

1961, 1962

Rolf Deming

1963

Norb Anderson

1965

Mike Fermoyle

1973, 1980

John Harris

1974, 1987, 1989, 1999, 2000

Steven Johnson

1975

Tom Lehman

1981

Dave Nordeen

1986

Aaron Barber

1994

James McLean

1998

Adam Dooley

1999

Ben Meyers

2001

Andrew Paulson

2006

Donald Constable

2011

Erik Van Rooyen

2012