April 8, 2014
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (Gophersports.com) - The University of Minnesota women's golf program finished tied for sixth at the Web.com Intercollegiate on Tuesday at Marsh Landing Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Minnesota (287-293-304--884, 20 over par) opened the tournament with a first-round 287, which sits tied for the fourth best team round in school history - four of the top seven team rounds in Minnesota history have now been recorded during the 2014 spring season.
"We're pleased with the way we've been playing this spring and the way we've prepared for the Big Ten championships later this month," Minnesota head coach Michele Redman said. "We had a great day to open the tournament this week, and I was happy to see our entire team give everything they had both days against some very talented teams."
While Florida State (288-280-283--851, 13 under par) ran away with the team title, the Gophers were only eight shots back of runner up East Carolina (289-286-300--875, 11 over par). Ohio State (291-291-295--877, 13 over par), Central Florida (289-291-302--882, 18 over par) and Maryland (295-290-298--883, 19 over par) rounded out the top five while Minnesota tied with Louisville (300-289-295--884) and Missouri (295-299-290--884) for sixth. Florida State's Matilda Castren (69-66-69--204, 12 under par) took home the individual title.
Banchalee Theinthong (68-75-74--217, one over par) led the way for the Gophers in a tie for 13th. Theinthong's opening round 68 is a career best for the senior, the best round by a Gopher this season and is tied for the seventh best 18-hole round in program history.
Competing as an individual, Sophie Kitchen (68-74-80--222, six over par) finished tied for 31st while the freshman's opening round score matched Theinthong in the Gophers' record book and was also a career best for the Minnesota newcomer.
One shot behind Theinthong was Anna Laorr (74-69-75--218, two over par) in a tie for 15th while Carmen Laguna (70-75-76--221, five over par) tied for 25th. Emie Peronnin (76-74-80--230, 14 over par) and Sarinee Thitiratanakorn (75-76-79--230, 14 over par) closed out the Gophers official roster in a tie for 62nd.
Marsh Landing Country Club played as a Par 72, 5,967-yard course for the tournament.
Minnesota returns to action April 25-27 at the Big Ten championships in French Lick, Ind. The French Lick Resort and the Pete Dye Course host the three-day event.
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