Gophers to Open Season at Mary Fossum Invitational
Carmen Laguna finsihed her freshman season with a 77.53 stroke average, the third lowest on the team.

Sept. 13, 2012

The University of Minnesota women’s golf team will open the 2012-13 season by traveling to East Lansing, Mich. to take part in the Mary Fossum Invitational, hosted by Michigan State University. The invitational, played at MSU’s Forest Akers West, is scheduled for Sept. 15-16.

The Gophers welcome back its entire roster from a season ago, led by junior Banchalee Theinthong. She led Minnesota in her sophomore campaign with a 75.83 stroke average, the third lowest in program history.

The lone senior on the roster is Jackie Shepherd, the recent winner of the 17th Minnesota Women’s State Match Play Championship. She had the second-lowest stroke average last season at 76.36, the eighth-lowest single-season effort in program history.

“I am looking forward to see how the players have progressed compared to this time last year”, said second year head coach Michele Redman. “The nice part of that is we had a qualifier this last weekend in some tough conditions and I was very happy with the score so I am very curious to see how they play in the tournament.”  

The teams will play 36 holes on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun, and will play 18 on Sunday, Sept. 16.   

The Mary Fossum Invitational can be followed live at

Gophers’ Lineup: Minnesota’s lineup will be as follows: 1. Banchalee Theinthong, 2. Sarinee Thitiratankorn, 3. Jackie Shepherd, 4. Carmen Laguna and 5. Anna Laorr.

All-Conference Season: Junior Banchalee Theinthong was named Second Team All-Big Ten last season as a sophomore. She became the first Gopher to be named All-Big Ten since Amy Dahle following the 1997 season.

All-American Scholars: A pair of Gophers, Jackie Shepherd & Carmen Laguna found out this summer that they had been named All-American Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association. A minimum grade point average of 3.50 is required for consideration.

The Field: The Gophers will be joined in East Lansing by 15 other teams (Golfweek Rankings): Bowling Green (190), Eastern Michigan (83), Ferris State (NA), Kent State (47), Louisiana-Monroe (109), Miami (Fla.) (64), Michigan (54), Michigan State (22), Notre Dame (49), Oakland (184), Purdue (27), Texas State (46), Toledo (121), Western Michigan (153), Wisconsin (73). The Gophers are listed at 80 in the most recent Golfweek rankings.

The Course: The Mary Fossum Invite will take place at MSU’s Forest Akers West in East Lansing. The par 72 setup will play at 6,236 yards. The course has hosted the 1998 and 2008 Big Ten Men's Golf Championship, the 2002 NCAA Women's Central Regional, the 1994 NCAA Women's East Regional, and the 1997 and 2007 Women's Big Ten Championships.

Up Next: Minnesota will have 12 days off prior to traveling to University Park, Pa. to take part in the Nittany Lion Invitational. The event, hosted by the Penn State University, is scheduled for Sept. 28-30 at the PSU Blue Course.  




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