Gophers tie for fourth in Wash.

Junior Josh Persons, a transfer from Kansas State, led the Gophers with a 214.

by Bridget Haeg

Improving on its finish Monday, Minnesota’s men’s golf team secured a tie for fourth place Tuesday in the Husky Invitational in Bremerton, Wash.

The Gophers’ 1,107 score over three rounds placed them 22 strokes behind champion Southern California’s 1,085.

Minnesota had been tied for fifth after the two rounds played Monday. The Gophers’ third-round 370 was added to Monday’s rounds of 366 and 371.

Junior Josh Persons, a transfer from Kansas State, started his Gophers career well. He recorded the team’s best finish, earning a tie for third with a 2-under 214 after an even-par 72 Tuesday.

Persons was consistent both days, shooting 1-under 71s in each of the first two rounds.

Sophomore Bronson La’Cassie finished one stroke behind Persons. He shot an even-par 72 as well to round out the tournament with a 1-under 215 and a tie for sixth place.

Coach Brad James had talked openly about his disappointment with upperclassmen Ryan Paulson and Ben Greve after Monday’s rounds.

Both responded by recording their best scores of the tournament. Paulson shot a 73 after rounds of 75 and 79 Monday, and Greve shot a 74 after rounds of 75 and 81.

Paulson finished in a tie for 35th with an 11-over 227, and Greve tied for 41st with a 14-over 230.

Redshirt freshman Michael Fiedler tied Greve at 14-over 230 with a final-round 79.

Sophomore Niall Turner tied for 30th with a 10-over 226.

The Gophers’ next tournament is the Windon Classic on Monday and Tuesday in Chicago.