Oct. 3, 2012
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The Big Ten Conference announced today that Gopher men's golfer Erik Van Rooyen has been named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. This is the first Big Ten Conference weekly award for Van Rooyen and is the first Minnesota player to be named player of the week since Robert Bell received the conference's selection on Sept. 28, 2011.
Van Rooyen, a senior from Oudtshoorn, South Africa, finished second at the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate this past weekend, leading the Gophers to a tie for fourth place finish. His second place finish is the best of his career at Minnesota and is also his sixth career top-10 finish.
Van Rooyen was in contention through all 54-holes but fell just one stroke shy of collecting his first collegiate victory. He opened the tournament by tying a career-low with a six-under par 66 leading to his tournament card of six-under par 210. Van Rooyen is the first Gopher player to finish an event under par since he carded a four-under par 212 last spring at the LSU Invitational.
Van Rooyen leads the 2012-13 Gophers with a 73.77 stroke average and heads into the upcoming schedule with a career stroke average of 73.69, the ninth-lowest career average in the history of the program.
Minnesota will head to South Bend, Ind., this weekend to take part in the Fighting Irish Classic, hosted by the University of Notre Dame. The teams will play three rounds of 18 holes, beginning on Sunday, Oct. 7. Live scoring will be available throughout the 54-hole event via golfstat.com.