NCAThe 15th-ranked University of Minnesota men's golf team fired a team round of 11-over par 299 on Sunday afternoon, positioning themselves in a tie for 11th place after one day of the Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview at Grand National Lake Course in Opeilika, Alabama. The event, hosted by Auburn University, is played each fall at the golf course that plays host to the following spring's NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
Freshman Wilhelm Schauman of Djursholm, Sweden led the Golden Gophers in the first day, firing a one-over par 73 which included a four-under par total of 32 on the front nine. Schauman is tied for 27th place overall individually.
Clemson leads the team portion of the event, as the Tigers opened a six-shot lead with a nine-under par total of 279. Defending NCAA champion Georgia and Northwestern are in second place. Arizona State is in fourth place, 10 shots off the pace.
Bubba Watson of Georgia set the pace individually, carding a five-under par score of 67. Defending NCAA individual champion Luke Donald of Northwestern and D.J. Trahan of Clemson are one shot back after each firing scores of four-under par 68.
The tournament features 18 teams, all of which are ranked in the Golfweek preseason top 25. To qualify for the event, a team must finish in the top 15 in the nation at the previous year's NCAA Championships, be one of two wild-card selections, or be the host school. The Golden Gophers placed 11th at the 1999 NCAA Championships.
The tournament continues with 18 holes of play Monday and concludes with the final 18 holes on Tuesday morning.
Ping/Golfweek NCAA Preview Grand National (Lake Course) Opeilika, Alabama Par: 72 Yardage: 6,978 18 Hole Team Standings Team Score 1. Clemson 279 2. Georgia 285 Northwestern 285 4. Arizona State 289 Oklahoma State 289 6. Georgia Tech 290 7. Houston 292 8. New Mexico 293 9. Auburn 295 10. UCLA 298 11. Minnesota 299 UNLV 299 13. South Carolina 300 Texas 300 15. East Tennessee State 303 16. North Carolina 306 17. Florida 313 18. Nebraska 320 Golden Gopher Scores Player Score Wilhelm Schauman 32- 41 73 (t-27) James McLean 36- 38 74 (t-36) Martin LeMesurier 36- 40 76 (t-49) Joe Affrunti 36- 40 76 (t-49) Dave Gunderson 37- 40 77 (t-56)