Feb. 17, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. (Gophersports.com) - The University of Minnesota women's golf program sits in sixth through two rounds at the Central District Invitational after recording the second-lowest 18-hole round in team history on Monday morning.
Competing at Lakewood Ranch's Cypress Course, the Gophers shot a four-under par 284 in the first round on Monday. Only Minnesota's 281 at the 2010 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown stands as a better round in Minnesota history. Minnesota ended the day with a nine-over par 297 in the second round as the Gophers are five-over par (581) with the third and final round set for Tuesday.
"We started the day off with a great round, and I'm excited to see us keep improving tournament to tournament," head coach Michele Redman said. "Sarinee set the pace for us today, and I thought we played very well as a group in another tough field."
Sarinee Thitiratanakorn paced the Gophers through the first day of play including a career-best, three-under par 69 in the opening round. The Bangkok, Thailand native added a 74 in the afternoon session and sits tied for 14th at one-under (143) through two rounds.
Carmen Laguna sits tied for 21st in the individual standings at one-over par (145) after shooting rounds of 71 and 74 on Monday while Anna Laorr shot a pair of one-over par 73 rounds (146) and finds herself tied for 24th heading into the final round.
Banchalee Theinthong is tied for 38th currently at five-over par (149) with a one-over par 73 and a four-over par 76 with defending Big Ten Golfer of the Week Emie Peronnin sitting tied for 44th after starting the day with a one-under par 71 followed by a 79 in the second round. Perronnin is six-over par (150). Competing as an individual, Sophie Kitchen is six-over par at 150 with rounds of 74 and 76.
Noteworthy: Four of Minnesota's last seven rounds rank among the top-11 rounds in program history including three in the top-five.
The Gophers close out the Central District Invitational on Tuesday with the final round of competition.
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