The Gopher women’s Golf team carded a team score of 303 Sunday in the final round of the Rio Verde Invitational in Rio Verde, Ariz. and finished in third place with a three-day score of 894 (300, 291, 303). The three-day score established by the Gophers is their lowest 54-hole tournament score ever, bettering the score of 902 that the Gophers carded in winning the 1985 Gopher Fall Invitational.
Also, Minnesota’s second round score of 291 is tied for second all-time in the Gophers record book for lowest 18-hole round and is the lowest score posted by the Gophers since they fired a 297 at the Minnesota Invitational in 1997.
Minnesota had a pair of golfers finish in the top-seven individually, led by freshman Mary Narsizi (Omaha, Neb.), who tied for third place after posting a three-day score of 3-over 219. Narsizi’s score of 219 put the freshman in the Gophers’ record book, as she tied former Gopher Amy Schmiesing for the fifth lowest score in a 54-hole tournament. Another Gopher freshman, Teresa Puga (A Caruna, Spain), finished with a 6-over 222 and in a three-way tie for seventh.
Gopher junior Young Na Lee finished in a tie for 24th with a 13-over 229 while freshman Samantha Sommers ended in a tie for 31st with a score of 15-over 231. Senior Emily Brand and sophomore Christine Herzog both finished in a tie for 42nd with a score of 18-over 234.
Notre Dame ran away with the team championship with an 11-over 875, 18 strokes ahead of second place Texas Tech. The Fighting Irish were also atop the individual leaderboard, as So-Hyun Park came away with medalist honors with a 4-under 212. Park’s teammate Katie Brophy finished second with an even par 216.
The Gophers are off until March 16, when they will travel to Patterson, Calif. to take part in the three-day Diablo Grande Invitational.