Mendez paces men’s team to eighth place

Both the men’s and women’s team have one more fall tournament.

by Betsy Helfand

The Gophers men’s golf team posted its lowest team score of the season Monday and Tuesday, finishing the three-round Alister MacKenzie Invitational at 8-over par as a team.

The Gophers finished eighth in the tournament, led by sophomore Jose Mendez, who tied for 15th.

Mendez, who has led the Gophers in each tournament so far this season, finished at even par, posting rounds of 68, 71 and 74.

Junior Jon DuToit tied for 20th.

Head coach John Carlson switched up his lineup from the team’s last tournament, subbing out sophomore Daniel Luftspring and senior Tyler Lowenstein and adding sophomore Matt Rachey and Riley Johnson.

Rachey finished the tournament at 4-over par with Johnson three strokes behind him.

Freshman Rúnar Arnórsson rounded out the young lineup, finishing at 8-over par.

Women finish 13th

The women’s team didn’t have quite the same success, finishing 13th of 15 teams at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational.

The tournament was Minnesota’s first of the season that spanned three days.

Minnesota shot rounds of 301, 332 and 306 and seemingly struggled in the second round — four players posted scores above 80.

Senior Carmen Laguna led the team at 17-over par and tied for 40th.

Fellow senior Anna Laorr was one stroke behind her, and freshman Sabrine Garrison also posted a top-50 finish.

Freshmen Celia Kuenster and Heather Ciskowski rounded out Minnesota’s scoring contingent.

The Gophers will have time to regroup before playing in their next tournament near the end of October.