MINNEAPOLIS (Gophersports.com) -You've seen the pros test their skills on the Golf Channel's Big Break. Now watch college and amateur golfers try their luck next month at the first-ever MiniBreak at the Minikahda Club.
The University of Minnesota and the Gopher women's golf program will host the inaugural golf skills event as part of the festivities for the second annual Minnesota Invitational.
Set for Saturday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. CT, the MiniBreak will feature 14 teams of seven players - five collegiate golfers paired with two amateurs - competing in a series of five challenges (flop wall, approach shot, bunker shot, driving and the glass break). Points will be assigned and accumulated through the five challenges with first, second and third-place winners being awarded.
The second annual Minnesota Invitational will follow the MiniBreak with 36 holes at the Minikahda Club on Monday, Sept. 15 followed by the final round on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Nine of the 14 teams competing in this year's tournament earned NCAA championships berths last season including the Gophers, who recorded one of the most successful seasons in program history last year under head coach Michele Redman.
"We're incredibly excited to be hosting the MiniBreak along with the Minikahda Club," Redman said. "This should be a lot of fun for everyone involved, and we're looking forward to kicking off a great week of golf."
Fans and media are encouraged to attend the MiniBreak challenge as well as the Minnesota Invitational. Volunteer opportunities are also available.
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