March 27, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) -- The University of Minnesota women's golf program returns to action this weekend at the 2014 Mountain View Collegiate Invitational in Tucson, Ariz.
Kansas State and Missouri will co-host the 54-hole, two-day tournament at MountainView Golf Club. The 16th annual tournament will see 15 teams play the Par 72, 6,227 yard course. In addition to the hosts and Minnesota, the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational features Arkansas State, BYU, Colorado State, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Kent State, Mizzou, Nebraska, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Redlands Community College, Tulsa and Wyoming.
The two-day tournament will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. CT on Friday, March 28. Teams will play two rounds Friday with the third round beginning with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Saturday (March 29).
Previously in Tucson
The Gophers are making their first appearance at the Mountain View Collegiate Invitational since placing fifth at the tournament in 2011. Banchalee Theinthong is the only Gopher on roster who has competed at the event.
Last Time Out
Anna Laorr picked up a share of her first collegiate title while the University of Minnesota women’s golf program captured the team title at the 2014 BYU at Entrada Classic.
The team title comes six years to the day after Minnesota’s last team title at the Diablo Grande Intercollegiate in Patterson, Calif., on March 18, 2008. Laorr’s individual title is the program’s first since Teresa Puga won the UCF Challenge on Feb. 15, 2011.
The Gophers (312-318-301—931) finished the 54-hole tournament at the Entrada Course at Snow Canyon Country Club with an eight-stroke lead over host BYU and took over the lead in the final round on Tuesday by carding a tournament-low 301 as a team.
Laorr, a junior from Eden Prairie, Minn., shared individual medalist honors with Wisconsin’s Alexis Nelson with a six-over par 222 (75-75-72) for the meet. Laorr moved into a tie for first with a final round 72 – the even par score matched the junior’s top career round. The junior finished fifth at the tournament last year with an eight-over 222.
Carmen Laguna finished tied for 14th at the BYU at Entrada Classic with a 20-over, 236 (78-81-77) while Emie Peronnin was three shots back in a tie for 20th at 23-over, 239 (80-81-78) after improving her finish by 10 positions over the final round of play on Tuesday. Sarinee Thitiratanakorn shot a 24-over 240 (79-81-80) to tie for 25th with Sophie Kitchen finishing tied for 55th with a 34-over, 250 (85-91-74).
The Gophers return to action next weekend, closing out the regular season at the Web.com Intercollegiate in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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