Gophers Conclude Fall Season in Las Vegas
Carmen Laguna leads the Gophers in stroke average this fall.
Carmen Laguna leads the Gophers in stroke average this fall.

Oct. 19, 2012

The Gophers travel to the desert this weekend to take part in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, hosted by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The 54-hole tournament will take place at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club from Sunday, Oct. 21 through Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Tee times will begin on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CT. Second round tee times will also begin at 9:30 a.m. on Monday with final-round play scheduled for a 9:45 a.m. shotgun start.

The entire tournament can be followed live at

Minnesota had its highest finish of the season last week at the Hoosier Fall Invitational, after finishing alone in third place. Sophomore Carmen Laguna took second individually, besting her career-low score by six strokes. It was the second-straight tournament that Laguna has either tied or set her career-low.

Sophomore Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and senior Jackie Shepherd joined Laguna with personal bests in Indiana last weekend. Thitiratanakorn had her first collegiate top-10 finish with a 54-hole score of 225 and Shepherd contributed her finest performance of the season with a score of 229.

Gopher Lineup: Shepherd, Thitiratanakorn, and Laguna will be joined by junior Banchalee Theinthong and sophomore Anna Laorr. All five players have been in the Gopher lineup in all of the team's fall events. Shepherd is playing in her 33rd collegiate tournament, tops on the team.

The Course: The 11th annual Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown will be played at the Stallion Mountain Golf Club. The course plays at a par 72 and a distance of 6,230 yards.

The Field: Minnesota will be joined by 16 other schools (Golf Stat Rankings): Penn State (25), UNLV (36), Wisconsin (37), Indiana (41), Missouri (48), Kansas State (54), Washington State (58), Long Beach State (69), Mississippi State (71), Kennesaw State (73), Fresno State (84), San Diego State (85), Idaho (88). The Gophers eneter the event ranked 63rd by Golfstat.



Up Next: The Gophers will take a break from tournament play this winter and return in the spring with the Central District Invitational in Tampa, Fla. Feb. 18-19. Minnesota will play in a total of five spring events before heading to the Big Ten Championships in late April.


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