May 10, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. (GopherSports.com) - The University of Minnesota women's golf season came to a close on Saturday afternoon with the Gophers tying for 11th at the 2014 NCAA Central Regional at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.
Minnesota ended the three-day tournament by shooting a 13 over par 301 on Saturday and capped the event at 40 over par 904 (299-304-301--904) - the second lowest NCAA tournament score in school history.
“I’m incredibly proud of how our team played this weekend and moreover this entire year,” Minnesota head coach Michele Redman said. “They stayed dedicated all season long, and their hard work put them in a position to be two shots off a trip to the NCAA championships. I think we learned just how much every shot counts, but I can’t say enough about how hard our team worked this season.”
Anna Laorr led the Gophers in a tie for 22nd at the regional. The junior, who won the BYU at Entrada Classic earlier this year, shot seven over par for the tournament (74-73-76--223) while fellow junior Carmen Laguna was three shots back in a tie for 32nd after scoring a 10 over par 226 (78-74-74--226).
Banchalee Theinthong closed out her collegiate career by tying for 35th at the meet. The lone senior on this year's squad carded an 11 over par 227 for the tournament (73-78-76--227). Junior Sarinee Thitiratanakorn was one shot back at 12 over par 228 (74-79-75--228) in a seven-way tie for 38th. Freshman Emie Peronnin rounded out the Gophers contingency in 103rd with a tournament score of 27 over par 243 (84-79-80--243).
UCLA won the 2014 NCAA Central Regional at 11 over par 875 (299-289-287--875) followed by Alabama (295-297-300--892), Mississippi State (302-294-297--893), California (295-294-305--894), Ohio State (305-288-306--899), Kansas (309-290-300--899) and Arizona (306-289-306--901).
Florida (296-296-310--902) and Oklahoma State (298-298-306--902) tied for eighth with the Gators winning the tie breaker for the final team slot to advance to the NCAA championships. Minnesota finished two shots back from Florida - tied with Arkansas (309-295-300--904) while Kent State (296-298-309--903) finished 10th and boasted the individual medalist in Wad Phaewchimplee, who shot seven under for the tournament (65-73-71--209).
Karsten Creek Golf Club played as a par 72, 6,200-yard course for the tournament.
The 2013-14 season - Minnesota's third under Redman - comes to a close as one of the most successful in school history. The Gophers, who contributed some of the top performances in school history over the season, earned the program's seventh NCAA championships berth and the second in the last decade while also winning the BYU at Entrada Classic in March for the team's first win in six years. Minnesota also had the privilege of hosting the inaugural Minnesota Invitational at the Minikahda Club in September - the school's first home tournament in five years.
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