FossumSenior Jenny Bruun won the first medalist honor of her collegiate career in leading the Minnesota women's golf team to the team title of the Mary Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. on Sunday. After the tournament's first 36 holes were rained out on Saturday, the Gophers carded a total of 296 to defeat a 15-team field that included nationally ranked teams; No. 20 Michigan State, No. 21 Northwestern and No. 24 Oregon. Kent State placed second with a team total of 299.
Bruun followed a 34 in the front nine with a 36 in the back to post a 2-under par 70 and tie Michigan's Kim Benedict for first place. Bruun captured medalist honors on a playoff, hitting par on the first playoff hole, compared to a bogey for Benedict. Bruun birdied five holes on her way to the title.
Two other Gophers added top 20 finishes, junior Megan Stier in a tie for third place and junior Cindy Cannon in a tie for 12th. Stier hit an even par 72, while Cannon finished with a 3-over par 75.
"We played excellent golf today and I'm not surprised at all," said Minnesota head coach Melissa Arthur. "The team is feeling the confidence and the belief that they belong among the top teams in the Big Ten."
Minnesota gets the opportunity to take its momentum into a home tournament next weekend. The Gophers host the Lady Northern Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1.
Mary Fossum Invitational Sept. 23-24, 2000 Forest Akers West Golf Course - East Lansing, Mich. Par 72 - 5,903 yards Team Standings 1. Minnesota 296 2. Kent State 299 3. Northwestern 301 4. Michigan State 302 5. Michigan 303 6. Kansas State 304 7. Illinois 306 8. Indiana 309 9. Oregon 311 10. Nebraska 315 Wisconsin 315 12. E. Michigan 323 13. Ohio 325 14. Notre Dame 326 15. Kansas 328 Top Five Individuals 1. Jenny Bruun (Minnesota) 70 Kim Benedict (Michigan) 70 3. Natalie Tucker (Indiana) 72 Emily Gilley (Northwestern) 72 Heather Dobbin (Kent State) 72 Megan Stier (Minnesota) 72 Minnesota Competitors 1. Jenny Bruun 70 T3 Megan Stier 72 T12 Cindy Cannon 75 T34 *Karen Quintelier 78 T46 Karyn Stordahl 79 T53 Katie Bakken 80 * Individual