Men’s golf finishes ninth at Windon Memorial Classic

Nate Gotlieb

 

Senior Donald Constable fired a final round 68 as the Gophers men’s golf team finished ninth in the Windon Memorial Classic Monday at North Shore Country Club, in Glenview, Ill.

Constable was tied for 28th after two rounds, but a three-birdie, bogeyless final round pushed him into a tie for 12th individually.

In only their second tournament under John Harris, the Gophers improved six strokes each round of the 17-team tournament.

Sophomore Shang Zhi’s second round 69 along with consistency from all five Gopher golfers, no one shot a round higher than 79, helped the team finish 24-over-par.

Michigan won the tournament scoring two over par as a team and was led by individual champion Lion Kim at six under par.  Kim is ranked 39th in the world amateur golf rankings. 

Ohio State finished one stroke back of their biggest rival Michigan.  Eight strokes back going into the final round, the Buckeyes stormed back with a team score of nine under par highlighted by senior Bo Hoag’s seven under par 64. 

California had the lowest single round of the tournament, an 11-under-par 273, and finished third, two strokes back of Michigan.

Seven Big Ten teams played in the event (Minnesota along with Ohio State, Michigan, Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, and Penn State) with all but Penn State finishing in the top ten.

The Big Ten also had the four top individual finishers, Hoag of Ohio State, Adam Schenk from Purdue, David Erdy from Indiana followed by Kim, as well as  a hole-in-one on the par three 16th by Erich Johnson of Purdue.   

North Shore Country Club has hosted several national golf tournaments over the years, including two U.S Amateur tournaments and a U.S Open.