Gophers take Fifth at Wolverine The Gopher men shot an even-par final round of 288 to finish 24 strokes back of winner Michigan.
The host Michigan Wolverines got off to a strong start in the opening two rounds, posting scores of 277 and 278, before cruising to a seven shot victory Sunday at the 2009 Wolverine at Radrick Farms. The Wolverines shot a 24-under 840 to edge out the field. The Golden Gophers shot a steady even-par 288 to finish the tournament at three-over 867 and in fifth place out of the 14 team field.
Leading the Gophers was senior Ben Pisani, who shot a six-under 210 to finish in a tie for seventh place. Pisani started the weekend with rounds of 69 and 71, and finished the tournament Sunday with a 2-under 70. Jamie Mitchell of Arkansas shot a final round 65 to take the tournament by one stroke over 36-hole leader Lion Kim of Michigan.
Senior Thomas Campbell finished at 1-over 217 for a tie for 17th. The Gophers counted all three of Campbell's rounds of 73-72-72. Freshman Frederick Van Rooyen carded rounds of 74-74-72 to finish at 4-over 220 and a tie for 26th place.
Sophomore Derek Chang was one stroke back of Van Rooyen at the end of the weekend and finished in a tie for 28th place. Redshirt freshman David Haley Jr. rounded off the Gopher lineup in a tie for 56th at 227.
The Gophers will head to Chicago next weekend for the Windon Invitational, hosted by Northwestern University. The first two rounds will be played on Sunday, Oct. 4 and the final round on Monday, Oct. 5.