Gophers Sit in Third Place After First Day in Las Vegas
Banchalee Theinthong opened the Las Vegas Showdown with a 73.

Oct. 21, 2012

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The University of Minnesota women’s golf team is in third place after the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown at Stallion Mountain Golf Club.

The Gophers combined to shoot 299 on Sunday and will head into Monday’s second round just seven shots off the lead.

Minnesota’s low round of the day was shot by junior Banchalee Theinthong with a one-over 73, her lowest round of the season.  Senior Jackie Shepherd contributed a 74 while sophomore Carmen Laguna chipped in with a 75. Laguna is the Gophers’ stroke leader this season.

Sophomores Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Anna Laorr each carded an opening round 77.

A pair of Big Ten Conference foes, the University of Wisconsin and Indiana University, are tied for the top spot with a combined score of 292. Elizabeth Tong of Indiana opened with a two-under par 70 and holds a one-shot lead over Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald.

Monday’s second round is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. CT and can be followed live at




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