Sept. 13, 2012
Minnesota will travel to the State of Washington to take part in the 2012 Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington. The event will run Sept. 17-18.
The Gophers have had less than a week to put the season-opening performance at the Gopher Invitational behind them.
“We were certainly disappointed with our first finish of the year,” said head coach John Carlson. “Being at home in front of our great fans – we had one of the best turnouts in recent memory at the Gopher Invitational – to finish 13th in the field is not the way we wanted to start out the season. “
The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, Sept. 17 and will play 18 on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
The Husky Invitational can be followed live at golfstat.com.
Gophers’ Lineup: Minnesota will travel west with the following lineup: seniors Erik Van Rooyen and David Haley Jr., junior Alex Gaugert, sophomores Colton Buege and Tyler Lowenstein and freshman Jon DuToit.
Lone New Face: Freshman Jon DuToit didn’t let the pressure of his first collegiate tournament get to him. The Chaska, Minn. played consistently all 54 holes and tied for the Gopher lead with senior Erik Van Rooyen with a 12-over 228.
DuToit comes to Dinkytown following a stellar scholastic career at Chaska High. He was a six-time letterwinner that was named to the All-State Team twice and All-Conference five times. He finished his career by tying for medalist honors at the 2012 Minnesota State Meet a week after setting a Section 2AAA scoring record.
The Field: The Gophers will join 13 other teams at the Husky Invitational, all from the west coast. The teams include (current Golfworld ranking): Arizona State (81), BYU (69), UC-Davis (121), Gonzaga (180), Loyola-Maryland (168), Oregon (14), Pacific (84), Pepperdine (89), San Diego State (17), St. Mary’s (36), Texas A&M (10), Washington (5) and Washington State (117). Minnesota is currently ranked 104.
San Diego State, Washington and Oregon all made it to the match play portion of the 2012 NCAA Championships after finishing tied for fourth, sixth and seventh in stroke play. Texas A&M and St. Mary’s qualified for the NCAA Championships as well but did not move on to match play. Oregon lost to eventual NCAA Champion Texas in the semifinal round of match play. Washington and San Diego State lost in the opening round.
The Course: The Husky Invitational will take place at the par 72, 7,124 Olympic Course at Gold Mountain Golf Complex in Bremerton, Wash. Gold Mountain has been the site of many prestigious events, including the 64th U.S. Junior Amateur in 2011. It was also the site of the 2008 and 2010 NCAA West Regionals.
Up Next: Minnesota will have 10 days off prior to traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take part in the William Tucker Invitational. The event, hosted by the University of New Mexico, is scheduled for Sept. 28-29 at the UNM Golf Course.
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