Women secure first tournament win since October 2006 in California

Austin Cumblad

The Minnesota women’s golf team’s schedule didn’t really allow it a spring break, but considering the results, the Gophers probably didn’t mind too much.

Minnesota recorded its first tournament win since October 2006 with a three-day total of 954 at the Diablo Grande Invitational in Patterson, Calif.

The victory came just a week after the Gophers set a new 54-hole school scoring record, ousting a total that had stood since 1985.

Minnesota managed to build on the momentum gained in Rio Verde with three top-5 individual finishes.

But unlike recent weeks, Minnesota was actually led by an upperclassman, as junior Young Na Lee fired a 236 over her three rounds to take home medalist honors. A final round 72 vaulted her past teammates Teresa Puga and Mary Narzisi, who finished tied for second and alone in fourth, respectively.

The Gophers continue their spring season starting today at the Oregon Duck Invitational, a 36-hole tournament played at Eugene Country Club in Eugene, Ore.

Freshman Michele Edlin will make her spring debut at the tournament for Minnesota.

Men’s struggles continue

Through three spring tournaments, the Minnesota men’s golf team still has yet to place an individual in the top 20.

And needless to say, those individual struggles have translated into poor team finishes.

The Gophers finished near the back of the pack again two Sundays ago at the Schenkel E-Z-Go Invitational, carding a 54-hole total of 891 to land in 15th place out of 18 teams.

As has become common, Minnesota was led by senior Clayton Rask and junior Victor Almstrom, both of whom fired 4-over par 220 to tie for 33rd place.

Sophomore Ben Pisani fired an 11-over 227 for 69th while freshman Mikael Salminen and junior Yu Katayama finished tied for 72nd after 13-over 229s.

Golfweek No. 1 Alabama won the team championship with a 15-under 849.