Gophers in Ninth after Day One of Central District Invite
Jackie Shepherd shot a second round 76 at the Central District Invitational.

Feb. 18, 2013

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The university of Minnesota women's golf team is in ninth place after 36 holes at the 2012 Central District Invitational in Tampa, Fla.

The Gophers opened with a combined score of 309 in the morning 18 holes and were able to better their score in the afternoon session by two strokes for a 307.

Sophomore Anna Laorr posted a pair of 76's (152) on Monday to lead the Gophers. She will head into the final round in a tie for 23rd and in search of her second top-20 finish this season. The Eden Prairie, Minn. native finished in a tie for 18th this fall at the Nittany Lion Invitational.

Sophomore Carmen Laguna, the team's stroke leader this season, opened with a 76 and followed that up with a 77 in the afternoon 18. She is in a tie for 27th.

Sarinee Thitiratanakorn (78-78) and Jackie Shepherd (80-76) each contributed 36-hole scores of 156 and are in a tie for 42nd place while Taylor Quinn posted a 163 (79-84) and is in a tie for 58th place.

Minnesota trails Augusta State By five Strokes and is only 12 strokes out of fifth place. Vanderbilt (588) leads the host Michigan State Spartans (590) by two strokes and third place Southern Methodist (595) by seven strokes. The University of Denver and Central Florida are tied for fourth place with 36-hole scores of 604.

Vanderbilt’s Lauren Stratton, Augusta State’s Natalie Wille and Michigan State’s Caroline Powers all finished day one at one-under par and are in a tie for first place. The trio are the only players in the field to finish under par.

The third and final round of the invitational will be played on Tuesday, beginning at 7:00 a.m and can be followed live at

Gopher Scores:

T23rd Anna Laorr 76-76--152
T27th Carmen Laguna 76-77--153
T42nd Jackie Shepherd 80-76--156
T42nd Sarinee Thitiratanakorn 78-78--156
58th Taylor Quinn 79-84--163




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