Gophers post best team score in three years at California meet

Minnesota tied for 12th out of 18 teams despite a solid weekend.

Minnesota's Erik van Rooyen demonstrates his golf swing on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in the Bierman Field Athletic Building.

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Minnesota’s Erik van Rooyen demonstrates his golf swing on Thursday, March 29, 2012, in the Bierman Field Athletic Building.

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The Gophers men’s golf team used its best team score in three years to tie for 12th out of 18 teams at the U.S. Intercollegiate tournament during the weekend.

Minnesota shot 18-over par at the Stanford Golf Course in Palo Alto, Calif., to finish tied with Big Ten rival Iowa.

The tournament featured many Pac-12 teams, including host Stanford, which won with a score of 23-under par. The Cardinal led the tournament all three days. TCU finished second at 17-under par.

Erik Van Rooyen led Minnesota with a tie for ninth place. He challenged for the lead through two rounds but fell out of contention with a 3-over par 73 in the final round.

The senior tied his season-low score of 66 on Friday in the first round.

Senior Robert Bell finished three strokes behind Van Rooyen in a tie for 26th place. Bell recorded a season-best tournament score of 212 with rounds of 75, 68 and 69.

The Gophers’ score of 858 is their best since the Alister Mackenzie Invitational in October 2010. Minnesota shot a 7-under par score of 845 to tie for 10th out of 16 teams that weekend.

The Gophers will face Iowa again April 13-14 at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa.