In its last tournament of the regular season, the Minnesota men’s golf team shook things up by adding senior Cameron White to the lineup.
The move paid off as the Gophers finished in fifth place at the Robert Keppler Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend, bouncing back from last weekend’s disappointing ninth place finish at the Illini Spring Classic.
After sitting in sixth place for most of the weekend the Gophers shot the fourth lowest final round of the 11 team field, pushing the team to a fifth place finish by the end of the tournament.
Illinois and Kent State tied for first place, and host Ohio State finished in third.
Leading the Gophers was Donald Constable, who continued his outstanding spring season by finishing in fifth place. It was the senior’s fourth consecutive top 10 finish and fifth of the season. By shooting an even-par 213 over three rounds, Constable finished only three strokes behind medalists John Hahn of Kent State and Luke Guthrie of Illinois.
Following behind Constable was the newly added White. The Robert Keppler Invitational was only his third tournament of the season and his first since last September when he finished in 57th at the Windon Memorial. Despite his lack of time on the course, the senior didn’t miss a beat, shooting an eight-over 221 and finishing in 20th place. The Plymouth native shot consecutive rounds of 74 before improving by a stroke with a final round of 73.
Finishing right behind White was sophomore Erick Van Rooyen who finished in 23rd place.
Despite the strong performance of Constable, White, and Van Rooyen, the rest of the Minnesota lineup, once again, was unable to keep pace as the last two Gophers, Jon Trasamar and David Haley Jr., both finished in a tie for 51st.
The Gophers will head to West Lafayette, Ind.,iana this coming weekend to participate in the Big Ten championships.
Women hoping for regional berth
After finishing in sixth place this weekend in the Big Ten championships, the Minnesota women’s golf team is looking like it will participate in the NCAA regional tournament for the first time in nearly a decade.
Led by Mary Narzisi — who finished in 14th place — Minnesota had its best finish at the Big Ten championships since 2001, when the team finished in fourth place.
With a four-round total of 302, Narzisi finished 14-over and was the top Minnesota finisher of the weekend.
Senior Teresa Puga — currently the No. 81 individual collegiate golfer in the nation — finished 21st by shooting a 304. Samantha Sommers finished right behind Puga in 23rd, by shooting a 305 on the weekend.
Rounding out the Gophers’ lineup was Michele Edlin who finished tied for 32nd, and Banchalee Theinthong who finished tied for 43rd.
Michigan State took top honors, with Purdue, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Ohio State, rounding out the top five.
The Gophers will ultimately have to wait from the NCAA for an official invite, but a final record of 86-56-1 and a No. 40 ranking according to Golfweek.com, make it likely that the Gophers will be invited to participate in the NCAA regionals.
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