The University of Minnesota men's golf team tied for sixth place at the fourth annual Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata. The Gophers shot their top score of the event, a 6-over 294, in the final round. Junior Ben Pisani led the Gophers, tying for eighth place with a 3-over 219. He shot three consecutive 1-over scores of 73 during the 54-hole event.
Texas and LSU tied for the team championship with scores of 872 (+8). The Longhorns were awarded the championship trophy by tiebreaker, which was determined by the cumulative score of the fifth-place finisher of each team. Marquette's Mike Van Sickle fired an even-par 72 in the final round to claim individual medalist honors by two shots over Texas' Charlie Holland, Arkansas' David Lingmerth and Iowa's Cole Peevler.
Senior Victor Almstrom tied for 11th overall at 4-over 220 after a final round 74. Almstrom was in position for top 10 finish but bogeyed two of his final three holes to place 11th.
Senior Andy Paulson placed in a tie for 20th overall (+7, 223) after a final round 74. Freshman Derek Chang posted his top round of the tournament with a 73 and finished in a tie for 32nd at +9. Senior Yu Katayama rounded out the Gopher lineup in a tie for 55th (+21, 237).
Among the Gophers competing as individuals, sophomore Cameron White tied for 20th with a score of 223 (+7). He shot a final round 76. Senior Patrick Datz was unable to match his second round 69 and fell to a tie for 20th after a final round 81. Junior Thomas Campbell placed in a tie for 49th at +17 (233) after a final round 85 and junior Justin Kaplan managed a 59th place finish (239) with a final round 80. Sophomore Alexander Culverwell was forced to withdraw after suffering a back injury.
Van Sickle set a new Gopher Invitational scoring record with his -3 total while the team score of 872 was the second-best winning team score in the event's history.
Minnesota returns to action next week at the Adams Cup in Newport, R.I.