Feb. 19, 2013
The University of Minnesota contributed its lowest combined score of the tournament with a 305 on Tuesday during the final round of the Central District Invitational. The Gophers improved their team score each round after posting rounds of 309 and 307 on Monday.
Minnesota’s 54-hole score of 921 was good for 10th place in a field that was tough from top to bottom. The 2013 Central District Invitational included nine teams that are ranked amongst the top 70 teams in the nation, according to the most recent Golf Week rankings. Five of those teams, including the team champion and No. 38 ranked Southern Methodist Mustangs, are ranked within the top 40 teams in the country.
Senior Jackie Shepherd turned in the low round of the tournament for the Gophers with a final round 73 at the River Wilderness Golf Club. The Delafield, Wis. native began the day in a tie for 42nd place but moved up 15 spots to finish in a tie for 27th.
Sophomore Carmen Laguna continued her consistent play for the Gophers, as she once again tallied the team’s lowest card of the tournament with a 12-over 228. She has paced the locals in four of the six events this season.
Laguna will enter the next event with a season stroke average of 74.23, currently the lowest single-season average in the history of the program, and career-stroke average of 76.34, the second-lowest career average in Gopher history.
Anna Laorr carded a final round 78 to finish with a 54-hole score of 230 and and a tie for 31st place. Sarinee Thitiratanakorn finished in a tie for 47th place while Taylor Quinn finished 62nd with a final tally of 246.
The top ranked team in the field, No. 12 Vanderbilt, held a seven-shot lead over SMU heading into the final round but the Mustang’s outshot Vandy by nine strokes – 293-302 – to take home the team title by two strokes. The host Michigan State Spartans finished third, followed by Denver and Iowa State. Michigan State’s Caroline Powers and Augusta State’s Natalie Wille tied for medalist honors at one-under par 215.
Minnesota will take a couple of weeks off from competition before heading to Arizona to take part in the Clover Cup at Longbow Golf Club in Mesa March 8-10. Fans will be able to follow all the action live on www.golfstat.com.