Beach,GOLDEN GOPHERS HOST CLASSIC - The University of Minnesota women's golf team will host the third annual Myrtle Beach Taylor Made Classic at the Myrtlewood Golf Club's Pine Hills Course in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Saturday and Sunday, March 27-28.
The tournament is in its third year but the 1999 Classic marks the first time that the event has a major sponsor, Taylor Made, a national leader in golf equipment. Businesses throughout the Myrtle Beach area will also join forces in making this spring's tournament a huge success.
The Myrtlewood Golf Club will once again provide the challenging, yet beautiful backdrop to this collegiate women's golf event. The 36-hole Classic will be played on a 5,900-yard course with a par of 72.
"We're excited to be part of a growing tournament, it's come a long way in three years," said Keith Stanzel, Director of Marketing and Sales for the golf division of Burroughs and Chapin. "The Classic is a nice commitment for us, it associates us with the leaders of tomorrow."
Currently eight teams, in addition to Coastal Carolina and Minnesota, are expected to compete in this year's Classic: defending champion Northwestern University, University of Iowa, Iowa State University, Northern Illinois University, Ohio University, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, University of Michigan and the College of Charleston.
"This tournament has the potential to be one of the finest in the nation," said Minnesota women's golf coach Kathy Williams. "The location, the course, the sponsors, the teams, we're all striving to make this tournament a great one."
THE LAST TIME OUT - Minnesota dropped two strokes from their first-day tally but still slid down one position in the team standings, finishing in a tie for seventh at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, March 8-9, in Winter Springs, Fla. The Golden Gophers completed the tournament with a score of 653 (328-325) behind champion Campbell's winning score of 630 (312-318).
Sophomore Jenny Bruun played to a 6-over-par 78 in the second day's round to tally 161; placing in a tie for 18th place and turning in the Gophers' highest finish in the tourney. Seniors Michelle Ballou and Melanie Lepp fell from the top 20 in the second round. Ballou, who was in 14th place after 18 holes, fell to a 28th-place tie at 164 (80-84). Lepp finished in a tie for 68th at 173 (81-92) after entering the final round in 20th place.
Campbell's Patricia Monchietti captured medalist honors after winning a playoff. Monchietti was one of four golfers to post a 36-hole score of 156.
Minnesota Finishes T18 Jenny Bruun 83-78 161 T28 Michelle Ballou 80-84 164 T32 Donna Boom 84-81 165 T68 Melanie Lepp 81-92 173 T68 Katie Bakken 91-82 173 A LOOK AHEAD - The Golden Gophers next competition is April 10-11 at the Indiana Invitational in Bloomington, Ind.