Men’s golf finishes fifth in Vegas, women take ninth in Arizona

by Brian Deutsch

The Minnesota men’s golf team used a pair of top 10 finishes from seniors Bronson La’Cassie and Niall Turner to finish fifth this weekend at the Southern Collegiate Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.

Turner and La’Cassie both fired one-over 217s to tie for seventh ñ four strokes off the leader, UCLA’s sophomore Lucas Lee.

Lee carded a 3-under 213 which, in addition to winning the individual honor, helped the Bruins snag the team title with a 10-over 874.

The Gophers finished 14 strokes behind UCLA with a 24-over 888, due largely to the La’Cassie and Turner’s performances in the competitive field that featured 15 teams ranked in the national top-50.

“In that field, it’s extremely good,” Minnesota coach Brad James said of Turner and La’Cassie’s performances. “Those two are continually showing their leadership by putting up great scores.”

Minnesota finished higher than 10 teams ranked 30th or higher while three of the four teams ahead of the Gophers are ranked in the top-10.

“We were able to beat a lot of the top teams this weekend,” James said. “Overall, it was a very good tournament for the team.”

T7 Bronson La’Cassie 71-74-72 217

T7 Niall Turner 72-74-71 217

T49 Victor Almstrom 73-82-75 230

T69 Ben Pisani 74-80-80 234

T69 Clayton Rask 82-75-77 234

The Minnesota women’s golf team recorded its second best performance this season as the Gophers finished in ninth place at the Rio Verde Invitational this weekend.

Minnesota fired a 56-over 920 over the weekend ñ 34 strokes behind tournament champion Baylor.

The Lady Bears swept the tournament winning both the team title with a 22-over 886 and the individual title, which was won by senior Allison Martin. Martin fired a four-under 212 ñ beating Sara Wikstrom of Arkansas-Little Rock, the only other competitor who finished below par, by three strokes.

Minnesota had only two golfers finish in the top 50 at a tournament that Minnesota interim coach Kristine Wessinger expected the team to do well at.

“I think we could have finished better as a team,” Minnesota interim coach Kristine Wessinger said. “We didn’t have people finish strong Sunday in the final roundÖwe’re a young team and we need to work on finishing strong.”

12 Sydney Liles 78-70-76 224

T21 Leslie Grabeman 74-74-80 228

T55 Kelli Berns 83-78-74 235

T83 Christine Herzog 79-79-85 243

92 Samantha Braschler 79-81-87 247

T93 Young Na Lee 91-77-81 249