Oct. 29, 2013
LAS VEGAS – The University of Minnesota women’s golf team closed out the fall schedule with a fifth-place finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown on Tuesday at Stallion Mountain Golf Club.
Originally scheduled for a three-day, three-round tournament, high winds on Monday canceled the second round with the event changing to a two-round tournament.
The Gophers posted a team score of 290-296—586 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with Sunday’s opening round 290 standing as the team’s best round of the fall season and the program’s best round in head coach Michele Redman’s three-year tenure with the program (lowest round since a 287 at the MountainView Collegiate on March 25, 2011). Tuesday’s 296 was also one of Minnesota’s best rounds this season, ranking as the third lowest team round of the fall.
“We had two of our best rounds here in Vegas, and I was happy with our finish. We finished ahead of a couple very good teams, and we are in a good position heading into the break,” Redman said. “We’re very close to where we should be.”
Minnesota finished the shortened tournament seven strokes off the lead of No. 48 San Diego State (290-289—579, +3) with UNLV, No. 23 UCF and Texas Tech all tying for second at +5.
Banchalee Theinthong paced the Gophers in Las Vegas, shooting a pair of even-par 72s to tie for eighth (72-72—144, E). The finish was Theinthong’s best of the fall schedule while her two 72 scores tied her best round of the season.
Newcomer Emie Peronnin tied for 20th for her best finish as a Gopher (72-75—147, +3) while Carmen Laguna finished one shot back in a tie for 26th (75-73—148, +4). Anna Laorr (77-76—153, +9) and Sarinee Thitiratanakorn (71-82—153, +9) tied for 58th. Thitiratankorn’s opening 71 tied her career best round score.
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