Senior Clayton Rask lit up the par-71 Lake Shore Country Club course with a tournament-record score of 6-under par 65 Monday to finish the Windon Memorial Classic in a two-way tie for first place with Marquette’s Mike Van Sickle at 7-under 206.
Rask’s final-round score of 65 is the fifth lowest single round in school history, while his 54-hole total of 206 stands as the sixth-best ever by a Golden Gopher men’s golfer.
Rask’s scalding third round helped Minnesota maintain its four-place position in the final team standings. The Gophers shot a combined 4-over par 288 Monday to finish the tournament with a three-round total of 861 (+9).
In addition to Rask, junior Victor Almstrom also finished in the top 10. Almstrom carded a final-round score of even-par 71 to finish in a four-way tie for 10th at 1-under 212.
Sophomore Ben Pisani finished in a tie for 27th at 4-over 217, while senior Andy Paulson and sophomore Justin Kaplan placed 55th and 59th, respectively.
Host school Northwestern claimed the team title with a 4-under par score of 848. The Wildcats had four players finish in the top 15 and combined to shoot a 5-under 279 during Monday’s third round to overcome a 10-shot lead held by Kent State heading into the final 18 holes. The Golden Flashes ended the tournament in second place with a final score of 849 (-3). Indiana rounded out the top three team positions with a three-day total of 855 (+3).
The Minnesota men’s golf team returns to action Oct. 15-16, when the Gophers travel to La Quinta, Calif., to compete in The P restige.
NCAA Men’s College Golf
Windon Memorial Classic Oct. 8, 2007
Lake Shore Country Club
Par 71, 6,667 yards
Final Team Scores: 1. Northwestern, 848; 2. Kent State, 849; 3. Indiana, 855; 4. Minnesota, 861; T5. Michigan, 866; T5. SMU, 866; 7. Purdue, 867; 8. Northern Illinois, 870; T9. New Mexico, 872; T9. Marquette, 872; 11. Missouri, 877; 12. De Paul, 880; 13. Kansas, 899.
Final Top 5 Individuals: T1. Clayton Rask (Minnesota), 206; T1. Mike Van Sickle (Marquette), 206; 3. Dan Doyle (Northwestern), 208; 4. David Lipsky (Northwestern), 209; T5. David Ludlow (Kent State), 210; T5. Jon Sauer (New Mexico), 210.
Final Minnesota Individuals: T1. Clayton Rask, 206; T10. Victor Alstrom, 212; T27. Ben Pisani, 217; T55. Andy Paulson, 227; 59. Justin Kaplan, 228.