May 8, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. (Gophersports.com) – The University of Minnesota women’s golf program currently sits tied for sixth after one round of play at the NCAA Central Regional in Stillwater, Okla.
The Gophers opened the three-round tournament with an 11 over par 299 on Thursday afternoon at the Karsten Creek Golf Club while Alabama and California are tied for the tournament lead at seven over par 295.
“We were happy with the way the team played today,” Minnesota head coach Michele Redman said. “We talked about focusing on our team scoring and continuing to improve through the weekend, so now we need keep this going over the next two days.”
After 18 holes, the Gophers feature three competitors in the top 25 for the regional including Banchalee Theinthong. Minnesota’s only returner from the 2010-11 squad that reached the NCAA championships, Theinthong leads Minnesota in Oklahoma after shooting a one over par 73.
Second round action gets underway on Friday with the third and final round set for Saturday. Karsten Creek Golf Club plays as a par 72, 6,200-yard course for the tournament.
The Gophers are one of 24 Division I programs competing at the NCAA Central Regional with the top eight teams from each of the three regional meets advancing to the NCAA championships finals at Tulsa Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., on May 20-23.
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