Gophers Head to South Bend for Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic
Erik Van Rooyen is coming off a second place finish a week ago.

Oct. 5, 2012

The Golden Gopher men’s golf team travels to South Bend, Ind. this weekend to take part in the seventh-annual Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic. This will be the third time the Gophers have traveled to the Fighting Irish Classic since the 2008-09 season. Minnesota finished in a tie for fourth place last year. Reigning Big East Conference champions, the University of Notre Dame, will host the tournament at the Warren Golf Course.

The 18-hole first round will begin on Sunday, Oct. 7 with the first threesome teeing off at 9:30 a.m. CT. Rounds two and three will follow the same format with tee times beginning at 9:30 a.m. CT on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

The Gophers are coming off of a promising weekend in New Mexico after tying for fourth place with Baylor and BYU. The Gopher’s score of 890 was the lowest tournament score since last April.

Additionally, Senior Erik Van Rooyen finished second in New Mexico, the best finish of his collegiate career, thanks to a six-under par scorecard. He was awarded the Big Ten conference Player of the Week award for his efforts. Freshman Jon DuToit continues to improve after recording a 224, his lowest score of the season.

All three rounds can be followed live at

Lineup: Five players will travel to Indiana with the four lowest scores counting each round. Van Rooyen is joined by fellow seniors Robert Bell, and David Haley Jr., junior Alex Gaugert, and DuToit.



The Field: Minnesota will join 11 other teams at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic (Golfweek ranking): Boston College (140), Gonzaga (125), Houston (37), Michigan (100), Michigan State (66), Notre Dame (122), San Francisco (78), Toledo (120), UNC-Wilmington (88), Texas-Arlington (61), and Xavier (177). The Gophers enter the weekend ranked 93rd.

The Course: Notre Dame’s collegiate course, the Warren Golf Course, plays as a par-71, 7,023-yard course, designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore. The course has hosted USGA, NCAA and Western Golf Association tournaments.

Up Next: The Gophers head south to Birmingham, Ala. to finish the fall season at the Jerry Pate Intercollegiate tournament Oct. 15 and Oct. 16. The Jerry Pate will take place at the Old Overton Golf Course.


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