Feb. 11, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. (Gophersports.com) - Behind two of the best rounds in program history, the University of Minnesota women's golf team tied the school 54-hole record this week at the UCF Classic. The Gophers shot a five-over par, 295-287-287--869 to finish tied for fifth in the 19-team field.
The 54-hole total ties Minnesota's 869 team score from the 2011 UCF Classic as the lowest score in program history while the Gophers' 287s in the second and third rounds are tied for the third lowest 18-hole team score in program history
"We had a great performance this week from our entire team, and I'm excited about the direction we are heading as a program," third-year head coach Michele Redman said. "This is a great start to our spring season. It's exciting to see the team's hard work start to pay off, and we want to keep getting better as the season progresses."
Carmen Laguna (72-69-75--216) and Emie Peronnin (76-71-69--216) both shot even pars for the Gophers to finish tied for 18th in the individual standings. Both players recorded eagles at the tournament as their 54-hole totals tied for the fourth best performances in school history. Peronnin's 69 in Tuesday's third and final round was the freshman's best round of the season while she also set new career bests in tournament score at 216, score to par and tournament finish.
Anna Laorr (74-73-72--219) and Sarinee Thitiratanakorn (74-74-71--219) finished three shots behind their teammates in a tie for 33rd at three-over par. Laorr matched her best round of the season on Sunday and then improved it by one stroke on Monday and again on Tuesday. The junior set a new career mark with a
Sophie Kitchen (75-82=76--233) rounded out the Gophers contingency, tying for 92nd. The newcomer matched her best score to par with a 17-over par performance in Orlando.
Host school and No. 24-ranked UCF picked up the team and individual titles at the UCF Challenge. The Knights shot seven-under par (282-285-290--857) while Fanny Cnops led the individual standings at eight-under par (67-70-71--207).
Minnesota returns to action next week with the Central District Invitational at Lakewood Ranch Cypress Course in Sarasota, Fla. The two-day tournament begins Monday, Feb. 17 and concludes the following day.
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