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Van Rooyen peaking as NCAAs, pro career loom

Erik Van Rooyen is a professional golfer in a Gophers uniform. The senior on the men’s golf team has been one of the program’s best golfers since he first set foot on campus. He plans to turn pro after the NCAA tournament this spring. In January, Van Rooyen earned a spot in the Sunshine Tour, a PGA Tour affiliate based in his native South Africa. But he has at least one more tournament to play at Minnesota — the NCAA regional starting May 16. A victory in that tournament is the only way he can advance  to the NCAA championships May 28.


Gophers settle for eighth at Big Ten championships

The Gophers women’s golf team shot 57-over par to finish eighth out of 12 teams at the Big Ten championships during the weekend. Minnesota played its best golf in the final round Sunday despite rain and wind at the Donald Ross Course in French Lick, Ind. Purdue and Northwestern tied for first place at 20-over par. Coach Michele Redman said she was pleased with her team’s finish given the limited amount of time the team has played outdoors this spring and where it was ranked entering the tournament.


Van Rooyen, team finish second at Big Ten meet

Gophers senior Erik Van Rooyen shot 1-over par to finish tied for second at the Big Ten men’s golf championships during the weekend. Van Rooyen used a 2-under-par opening round and an even-par closing round to lead Minnesota while recording his personal-best finish at the tournament. The Gophers shot 20-over par to finish second out of 12 teams, their best finish at the event since 2009. But they needed to win the event to potentially keep their season alive.


Women well-rested entering Big Ten meet

The Gophers women’s golf team purposely stayed home the past two weekends to prepare for the Big Ten championships. A busy spring schedule, with practice on the first day of spring semester, took Minnesota out of the Midwest for all five tournaments. This weekend the Gophers will travel their shortest distance of the spring — about 700 miles — to French Lick, Ind. Coach Michele Redman said the team was simply worn out after playing in the Rebel Intercollegiate in Mississippi three weeks ago.


Freshmen Mable, Nordquist make podium at NCAAs

Gophers gymnasts Lindsay Mable and Hanna Nordquist capped impressive freshman seasons with top-five finishes in the event finals at the NCAA championships Sunday in Los Angeles. Mable tied for fourth place on floor exercise and tied for fifth place on vault. Nordquist tied for second place on balance beam. Both earned All-America honors. “It was unbelievable. It was awesome,” Nordquist said of the competition.


Gophers tie for third in Pennsylvania

The Gophers men’s golf team shot 44-over par to finish tied for third out of 14 teams at the Rutherford Intercollegiate during the weekend. Binghamton University shot 38-over par to win the tournament, which was held at Penn State’s Blue Course in University Park, Pa. Xavier shot five shots behind Binghamton to finish second, and Minnesota tied with Penn State for third.


Mannon places second on pommel horse at NCAAs

Gophers sophomore gymnast Ellis Mannon finished second in the pommel horse finals Sunday at the NCAA championships in University Park, Pa. Mannon scored 14.9 on the apparatus to take the lead, but Ohio State’s Michael Newburger stepped up next and won the title with a score of 15.45.


Men finish fourth in NCAA championships qualifying session

The Gophers men’s gymnastics team finished fourth out of six teams in the first of two NCAA championships qualifying sessions on Friday. Minnesota scored 424.7 as a team, two points behind third place Illinois. Michigan and Oklahoma also advanced to Saturday’s team championships at Recreation Hall on the Penn State campus in University Park, Penn. The top three teams from each session advance to compete on Saturday.


SEC teams get the best of Minnesota

The Gophers women’s gymnastics team finished fourth out of six teams at its NCAA championships semifinal session on Friday. Minnesota scored 196.375 in its first NCAA championships appearance since 2002, but fell short of making the finals by nearly a full point. Florida, Louisiana State and Georgia – three Southeastern Conference teams – finished ahead of Minnesota to advance to Saturday’s team final.


DuToit shoots for confidence before Big Ten tourney

Jon DuToit knows he only needs one tournament to get his consistency back. The freshman on the Gophers men’s golf team inserted himself in the Gophers lineup this year, but he’s missed much of the spring season due to injury. DuToit developed tendinitis in his wrist during spring break when the Gophers competed in the Linger Longer Invitational in Georgia. He returned to the lineup last weekend at the Hawkeye Invitational.