Oct. 23, 2012
The University of Minnesota women’s golf team finished the 2012 fall season by finishing sixth at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The Gophers combined to shoot a 298 during the final round, their lowest round of the tournament. Minnesota’s 54-hole card of 902 was just eight shots off the lead.
Minnesota will head into the spring season with a team record of 43-17 (.717). Up to date statistics can be found here.
Sophomore Carmen Laguna carded her second consecutive even-par round of 72 to lead Minnesota. Her 54-hole score of 219 was good for a tie for third place finish, just five strokes shy of the medalist. It was also the second consecutive top-five finish for the Gopher stroke leader.
Laguna will enter the spring season with a season average of 73.66, the second-lowest fall average in the history of the program. Former Minnesota great Teresa Puga established the record with a 73.25 in the fall of 2010.
Junior Banchalee Theinthong contributed a season-low in Las Vegas with a 54-hole score of 222. She finished in a tie for ninth place, the second top-10 finish of her collegiate career. Senior Jackie Shepherd finished in a tie for 42nd place while Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Anna Laorr each finished in a tie for 49th place.
Indiana won the team title with a score of 894, three shots ahead of the University of Central Florida. The host UNLV Rebels took third while Missouri and Penn State finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Mississippi State’s Ally McDonald and the Hoosier’s Elizabeth Tong shared medalist honors with identical cards of 214.
Minnesota will be off for four months until opening up the spring season on Feb. 18-19 at the Central District Invitational in Florida.