Gophers Nearly Claim BYU Entrada Classic Title, Settle for Second
March 19, 2013
The third, and final, round of the BYU Entrada Classic came down to the final three holes on Tuesday, but the Gophers fell just shy of capturing their first team title since the 2008 Diablo Grande Intercollegiate.
Minnesota finished the event in Utah with a final round 294, tying a season-low, and a 54-hole score of 894, to fall just six shots shy of team champion Wisconsin. The 54 hole card of 894 is the lowest team score since the 2011 spring season and is tied for the seventh-lowest score in the history of Gopher golf.
Senior Jackie Shepherd will remember this event for a while. The Delafield, Wis. native paced the Gophers with an even-round score of 72 on Tuesday to finish alone in third place, the lowest finish in her collegiate career. Her 54-hole score of 219 is also a career-low and is tied for the 13th-lowest tournament score in Gopher history.
Sophomore Anna Laorr wasn’t far behind her teammate. She posted a 73 on Tuesday to finish in fifth place with a tournament score of 222, the lowest of her career. It is the first top-five finish for the Eden Prairie, Minn. native as a collegiate player.
Minnesota just missed yet another top-five finisher as junior Banchalee Theinthong tied for sixth place with a tournament score of 224. She posted a 74 in the final round. Redshirt sophomore Taylor Quinn joined Shepherd and Laorr by establishing several career-lows during the tournament. Playing as an individual, Quinn carded a career-low round of 73 during the final round to finish in a tie for ninth place, the first top-10 finish of her collegiate career. Her 54-hole card of 226 is also a career-best.
Sophomore Sarinee Thitiratanakorn posted her second-consecutive 76 on Tuesday and finished with a score of 232, good for a three-player tie for 23rd place. Carmen Laguna, Minnesota’s leader in stroke average, rebounded from a second round 82 to post a 75 in the final round. She finished in a tie for 36th place with a three-round total of 235.
The Gophers will take a couple of weeks off before heading to Oxford, Miss. on April 5 for the Rebel Intercollegiate.