Former men’s golfer Schauman qualifies for British Open with 6-foot putt in playoff

Wilhelm Schauman beat out Corey Pavin to earn a place in one of golf’s four majors.

Former Minnesota men’s golfer Wilhelm Schauman earned a spot in the 2005 British Open last weekend by making a 6-foot putt on the second playoff hole at the Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.

Schauman, who graduated in 2003, beat out such notables as Corey Pavin (USA) and Richard Johnson (Sweden) to earn one of the final two spots along with Richard Barcelo (USA).

Schauman has earned approximately $5,000 on the tour this season, which ranks 99th on the Hooters Tour money list.

The British Open, one of the four major championships in professional golf, will be held July 14-17 at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Big Ten/ACC Challenge

The men’s basketball Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be expanding to 11 games for the first time as the two conferences face off for the Commissioner’s Cup this year.

All 11 games will be airing on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, including Minnesota’s matchup at Maryland on at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 on ESPN2.

Other notable games include a national championship game rematch with runner-up Illinois at champion North Carolina and Wisconsin at Wake Forest.

Gophers make watchlist

Minnesota football offensive linemen Mark Setterstrom and Greg Eslinger are two of 36 linemen named to the 2005 Outland Trophy Watch List, released by the Football Writers Association of America on June 29.

The award has been given annually to the best interior offensive or defensive lineman in the nation since 1946.

Eslinger, a senior native of Bismarck, N.D., and Setterstrom, a senior native of Northfield, Minn., were both named first-team All-Big Ten last season by the media.

Soccer recruit honored

Lindsey Schwartz, one of Minnesota’s soccer team’s top recruits, was named co-player of the year by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union last week.

Schwartz was already honored by being named Quad-City Times Female Athlete of the Year.

A four-sport athlete, Schwartz also competed in basketball, volleyball and track.