On Wednesday afternoon, attorneys for former University of Minnesota associate women’s golf coach Katie Brenny continued their case in the discrimination lawsuit against the University’s Board of Regents.
The Gophers came into their final tournament of the fall season with high hopes for a strong finish. But a poor first round Sunday derailed any chance of that. The Gophers finished 10th out of 18 teams at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic at Turtle Point Golf Course in Kiawah Island, S.C. “The first day, we played our worst round of the year,” head coach John Carlson said. “It was a bitter end to a really solid fall season.”
Jon Trasamar struggled to find his swing over the first half of the Gophers’ fall season. Now, he appears to have it back. The senior on the Gophers men’s golf team shot an average of 12-over par through the first three tournaments of the fall season. In the past two events, however, he’s averaged a score of 2.5-under par. “My play was a little disappointing from a result perspective,” Trasamar said. “We all had expectations coming in from the summer. So it would have been nice to get off to a better start.”
More Gophers athletes are earning their degrees than ever before. The NCAA revealed its annual Graduation Success Rate last Thursday, and Minnesota scored an 86 percent — five percentage points higher than the national average. Those figures are based on student-athletes who entered college between 2003 and 2006.
The last time the Gophers hosted Nebraska, the Huskers dominated the scoreboard. Huskers fans nearly dominated the stands as well. Nebraska last traveled to Minnesota in 2011, winning 41-14. A significant number of the Cornhuskers’ fans made the trip with the team and limited the Gophers’ home-field advantage. The Gophers are hoping to return the favor this Saturday. “Historically, their fans will go anywhere with them, and we welcome that,” said Gophers senior safety Brock Vereen. “It’s going to be a great atmosphere.”
The Gophers hadn’t won a tournament since the 2006-07 season. That changed Monday at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate. Minnesota finished first out of 15 teams at the annual tournament at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, N.J. The Gophers entered Monday’s action in second place but dominated the final round en route to a 17-stroke victory. All five golfers on Minnesota’s traveling roster placed in the top 10 in the individual standings for the tournament.
Though the Gophers men’s golf team posted its best score of the season, it could not compete with the top teams at the Alister MacKenzie Invitational on Monday and Tuesday. Minnesota finished ninth out of 16 teams at the tournament held at Sonoma Golf Course in Sonoma, Calif. “Ninth place is not necessarily indicative of how we played,” said head coach John Carlson. He pointed out that most of his team shot under or near par, but calm winds and good course conditions led to low scores for most teams.
While college athletics is a full-time job, athletes don’t turn any profit. At least, not for themselves. While revenue sports generate a lot of money for their respective schools, many traditionalists think student-athletes receive enough compensation already. But others see lucrative television deals and coaching contracts and say athletes in revenue-generating sports deserve more. And the debate rages on nationally, including at the University of Minnesota.
Minnesota head men’s golf coach John Carlson said he had high expectations for his team in the qualifying tournament before the Alister MacKenzie Invitational. His team did not match his expectations. After a disappointing eighth-place finish in the Tucker Invitational on Sept. 27-28, the Gophers played a three-round qualifying tournament last week to determine the lineup for the upcoming Alister MacKenzie Invitational in Sonoma, Calif. But after the tournament, the five players who usually travel for the team remained in the top five spots.
The 2013 homecoming football game between Iowa and Minnesota drew a record crowd at TCF Bank Stadium. But recent attendance numbers at home games suggest the record draw may have been a fluke. Fan attendance at Gophers home football games has decreased every year since TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009. And at the current rate, the 2013 season will continue that downward trend. All seven home games were sold out during TCF Bank Stadium’s inaugural season. Since then, the stadium has only sold out three times in three and a half seasons.
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