The partnership of Frei and Bihel won the doubles consolation championship and Hall lost in the third place match. Head coach Catrina Thompson began her first season by having Cammy Frei, Karyna Bihel and Kalyssa Hall compete in the Drake Invitational at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Minnesota took ninth place in the Minnesota Invitational at Prestwick Golf Club in Woodbury, Minnesota with contributions not only from the experienced upperclassmen of Muyu Wu and Sabrine Garrison, but also freshmen Katie Lillie and Grace Kellar. Wu led the Gophers tallying two under par, tying her for 17th, while Garrison captured a tie for 39th by posting a four over.
The Gophers will be learning under women's tennis head coach Catrina Thompson, and the newly hired head coach might be learning, too. Thompson was hired in June to replace Chuck Merzbacher after she worked as an assistant at Notre Dame for the past three years.
The Gophers weren't able to use their home field to their advantage on Sunday and Monday. Minnesota finished in 12th out of 16 teams at the Gopher Invitational, an event at Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minnesota. Senior Riley Johnson was first among Gophers in a tie for 22nd place. “The difference between fifth place and 12th place was not too much and it was exciting to see these guys compete,” said assistant coach Justin Smith.
The season opener didn’t go quite as planned for Minnesota. The Gophers lost 4.5-1.5 at a private dual at the Spring Hill Country Club in Wayzata, Minnesota on Saturday against Michigan State.
As the fall weather starts to close in on the state of Minnesota, another season awaits the Gopher men’s golf team. The first tournament of the season, the Gopher Invitational, will take place at the Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn. on Sunday Sept. 10 and Monday Sept. 11. Last year, the field was ranked the 17th toughest tournament in the country, according to Golf Week.
The Gophers did not concede a set in their first three matches of the season at the Maturi Pavilion. No. 2 Minnesota (5-0) took care of West Virginia, University of Texas, San Antonio and Tennessee in a clean sweep of three sets over the weekend in the Diet Coke Classic at the newly named facility.