Sept. 27, 2012
Minnesota will travel south for the first time this season to take part in the 58th annual William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of New Mexico. The Gophers have had 10 days off since finishing in 10th place at the stacked Husky Invitational.
“We had five really good days of practice, along with two days of qualifying play,” said head coach John Carlson. “Our qualifier went a whole lot better than it had the first couple of weeks. I think we will have a strong lineup heading down to New Mexico.”
The teams will play 36 holes on Friday, Sept. 28 and will play 18 on Saturday, Sept. 29. Tee times on both days will begin at 7:45 a.m.
The entire William H. Tucker can be followed live at golfstat.com.
Gophers’ Lineup: Minnesota takes to the course during the week for a qualifier to decide the lineup for the upcoming event. This week the Gophers played 27 holes at Windsong Farm and 18 holes at Southview Country Club. Senior Robert Bell came out on top with a 45-hole card of five over par.
The Field: Joining the Gophers in the field will be Arizona, Baylor, Brigham Young, Colorado, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Pepperdine, San Francisco, Texas-San Antonio, UC Irvine, Utah, UTEP and Wyoming.
Minnesota is 1-2 this season against teams in the field. The Gophers finished higher than Pepperdine at the Husky Invitational but finished behind BYU. The host Lobos finished ahead of the Minnesota at the season opening Gopher Invitational.
The Course: The William H. Tucker Intercollegiate will take place at the par 72, 7,562 yard University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course. The course was the site of the 1950, 1976 and 1992 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships as well as the 1998 NCAA Championships. In 1987 the course was the sight of the women's NCAA tourney.
Up Next: Minnesota will have a week off prior to traveling to South Bend, Ind. to take part in the Fighting Irish Challenge. The event, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, is scheduled for Oct. 7-9 at the Notre Dame’s Warren Golf Club.
It will be the third trip to the Fighting Irish Challenge for the Gophers since the 2008 season. Minnesota finished in a tie for third last year with a 54-hole team score of 873. The 2008 Gophers finished in a tie for fourth place with an 874.
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