Feb. 18, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. (Gophersports.com) – The University of Minnesota women’s golf program shot a six-over par 294 in the final round on Tuesday to finish seventh at the Central District Invitational at Lakewood Ranch’s Cypress Course.
The Gophers, who opened the tournament with the second best round in school history (a four-under par 284 on Monday), totaled an 875 as a team for the tournament, 11-over par. Minnesota also shot a nine-over 297 in Monday’s second round.
After tying the school 54-hole record last week with an 869 at the UCF Classic, the Gophers’ 875 this week ranks third in the school record book.
“We golfed three really good rounds this week, and we keep improving as the season progresses. That’s what we want out of our kids. They’ve bought in, and now we are starting to see all of their hard work pay off,” head coach Michele Redman said.
Sarinee Thitiratanakorn paced the Gophers from start to finish in Sarasota and ended the tournament tied for 13th – her best finish of the season. Her tournament score of 214 now stands as the third best-ever at Minnesota while her score to par of two-under was a career best. The junior shot a career-best, three-under par 69 in the opening round, added a 74 in the afternoon session and closed out the tournament with a one-under 71 on Tuesday.
Carmen Laguna fired a final round one-over par 73 after carding a 71 and a 74 on Monday. The junior from Tomares-Sevilla, Spain ended the tournament in 24th with a two-over par 218. Anna Laorr carded three-straight, one-over par 73s at the event to finish one stroke behind Laguna in a tie for 25th. The junior’s tournament total read three-over par 219. Banchalee Theinthong finished tied for 50th at 10-over par (73-76-77—226) while Emie Peronnin tied for 56th at 12-over par (71-79-78—228).
Sophie Kitchen competed as an individual at the tournament and finished tied for 47th at nine-over par (74-76-75—225) – her tournament score and score to par were both career bests for the freshman in her fourth collegiate tournament.
Michigan State’s Allyssa Ferrel and Vanderbilt’s Simin Feng tied for first in the individual standings at nine-under par 207 while Vanderbilt won the team title at 20-under par 844.
Lakewood Ranch’s Cypress Course covered 6,325 yards and played at a par 72.
The Gophers return to action next month at the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah on March 17-18.
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