Gophers Close Out Fall in Vegas
Oct. 24, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota women's golf team closes out its fall schedule next week at the 2013 Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, played at Stallion Mountain Golf Club.
Against Ranked Teams
Sixteen of 17 teams in this weekend's tournament are ranked among the top 100 programs in the nation by Golfstat with Fresno State (113) being the right on the cusp of that group. UCF (30) leads the rankings in this weekend's tournament followed by Wisconsin (37), Denver (34), San Diego State (43), UNLV (49), Minnesota (55), New Mexico (57), Texas Tech (65), Missouri (73), Nebraska (74), Kansas State (75), Long Beach State (81), Furman (87), UC Irvine (93), Idaho (98) and Nevada (100).
A Change in Pace
For the first time this season, the Gophers will compete in a three-day tournament at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. While the first three meets of the season have seen the Gophers play 36 holes on the opening day and 18 holes on day two (Note: the Hoosier Fall Invitational's second round was called due to darkness and concluded on day two), this week's competition will see the team play 18 holes of golf each day over the three-day tournament.
Last Year at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown
Carmen Laguna and Banchalee Theinthong posted top-10 finishes for the Gophers at last year's Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown with Minnesota finishing sixth in the tournament, eight shots off the team lead with a 299-305-298--902.
The top returner overall for this year's Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Laguna finished tied for third last year in Las Vegas, five strokes shy of the medalist with a 75-72-72--219 (+3) while Theinthong was three shots back after firing a 73-74-75--222 (+6). Minnesota also returns Sarinee Thitiratanakorn (77-80-76--233, +17), and Anna Laorr (77-81-75--233, +17) from last year's squad at the UNLV meet. Thitiratanakorn and Laorr both tied for 49th at the tournament in 2012.
Gophers Expected to Compete
Minnesota will stick with experienced for the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, sending Anna Laorr, Carmen Laguna, Banchalee Theinthong, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn and Emie Peronnin to the three-day event. The group has represented the Gophers in all three meets heading into the weekend -- the Minnesota Invitational, the Windy City Collegiate Classic and the Hoosier Fall Invitational.
Laguna Honored by Big Ten
After an impressive weekend at the Hoosier Fall Invitational, Carmen Laguna was named the Big Ten Women's Golfer of the Week earlier this week.
The native of Tomares-Sevilla, Spain fired a career best 1-under par 212 (72-73-67) over the weekend at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind. The tournament score was the best of Laguna's career as was her final-round score of 67 at the 6,062-yard, par 71 course.
Laguna finished second in a field of 80 over the weekend, tying her best career finish and ending the event just two strokes off the lead.
Last Time Out
Minnesota posted its lowest team score of the season last weekend to finish eighth at the Hoosier Fall Invitational, played at Hickory Stick Golf Club in Greenwood, Ind.
The Gophers shot a 304-297-295--896 for the tournament. Along with Carmen Laguna's career performance, Banchalee Theinthong tied for 36th at 78-75-75—228, Sarinee Thitiratanakorn tied for 40th at 79-71-79—229, Anna Laorr tied for 62nd at 75-85-74—234 and Emie Peronnin tied for 74th at 79-78-79—236.
We caught up with head coach Michele Redman -- now in her third year with the Gophers program -- to talk about the upcoming competition in Las Vegas.
On this weekend's tournament...
"The thing that I'm excited about is that we're going into the event with a little bit of momentum after last weekend in Indiana. I'm excited about the momentum and the practices that we have been having. We've been improving in a few key areas, and while it's important for us to play well this weekend, I want to see us continue to improve in the areas that we have been practicing. If we can do that, then the results will come."
"It was great to see her go out and play with some confidence. She's swinging the best we've seen her since she's been here. Not only that but she's putting really well. I'm excited to see how she plays this week."
On the the field this weekend...
"I think it's a great opportunity to show what we're made of and how good we really are -- we're better than we think we are. (The team) just needs the confidence to know that we can go out and compete and get a few good finishes -- we just need to finish all 18 holes, trust ourselves and be patient."
On the three-day format...
"It'll allow us to work on some things after each round since we are only playing 18 holes a day. It's a nice change of pace from the first three tournaments."