2010 Alister Mackenzie Invite: Minnesota will head to the west coast this week to take part in its fourth event of the fall season, the Alister Mckenzie Invitational in Fairfax, Calif. Hosted by the University of California, the 54-hole event will be played at the 6,708 yard, par 72 Meadow Club.
Played over two days, the invitational will feature 16 teams. Joining Minnesota in the field will be the host Cal Bears, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, San Diego State, San Francisco, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and Wisconsin.
10 of the participating schools are currently ranked in the top 100 of the Golfweek/Saragian rankings, with the Gophers occupying 52nd after three tournaments. California (21), New Mexico (30), San Diego (33) Oregon (42), Oregon State (43) and San Francisco (45) are all ranked ahead of the Gophers while Penn State (59), UC Irvine (82), and San Jose State (86) are ranked behind Minnesota. The teams will play 36 holes on Monday, Oct. 18 with a shotgun start at 10:15 a.m. Central. Tuesday's final round will begin at 10:00 a.m.
The event is named in honor of the British golf course architect who designed the host club in 1927. Live scoring will be available at www.golfstat.com.
The Gophers: Minnesota's lineup will include senior Donald Constable, sophomores Tim Peterzen, Erik Van Rooyen and Shang Zhi and freshman Alex Gaugert. Gaugert, a native of Lake geneva, Wis., will be making his collegiate debut.
Last Time Out: Led by a runner-up finish by Constable, Minnesota posted a combined round of 292 on the event's final day to earn sixth place at the 12 team Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C.
The Gophers carded a 54-hole total of 874. The 874 total was lowest of the season for Minnesota, as well as a 28-shot improvement from the team's Gopher Invitational score.
Constable fired a two under-par 70 in the final round to earn the career-best second place finish. The team captain posted a three under-par 69 in the opening round and completed the tournament only one stroke behind the medalist. His 54-hole total of 212 (-4) was also a career low.
One of the Gophers' Big Ten rivals, the Iowa Hawkeyes, took home the team title after leading in each round. North Carolina State finished second, while the University of Charlotte finished third.
Up Next: The Gophers will travel next to Greensboro N.C. to participate in the Bridgestone Classic. The classic will be Minnesota's final event of the fall season.