Gophers finish sixth in Big Ten Match Play in Florida

Jack White

The Gophers started their spring season by winning two of four matches in Big Ten play in Palm Cost, Fla.
 
 
The team defeated Indiana and Nebraska but lost to Purdue and Penn State to finish in sixth place out of 10 teams.
 
 
“We had three outstanding performances this week with [freshman] Tom Vining, [senior] Jon DuToit and [sophomore] Runar Arnorsson,” head coach John Carlson said. “They were [10-0-2] in their matches, which is pretty impressive.”
 
 
Minnesota lost its first match to Purdue on Friday 3.5-2.5. DuToit and Arnorsson won their matches, and Vining tied in his.
 
 
“I played well. The course was tough,” Vining said. “You can win holes with pars, and I just tried to treat it like I normally play, try not to play any different from directional play or anything.”
 
 
The Gophers then defeated Indiana in their second match Friday, with Arnorsson, DuToit, Vining and junior Grady Meyer all winning for a 4-2 victory.
 
 
Minnesota also won its next match on Saturday against Nebraska, 3.5-2.5, with victories from Arnorsson, DuToit and Vining, as well as a tie from junior Jose Mendez.
 
 
The team then lost the fifth-place match to Penn State 3.5-2.5 to finish sixth in the tournament. Minnesota was 11-10-3 in matches overall, but Arnorsson went 4-0, and DuToit and Vining went 3-0-1.
 
 
“There’s a lot of will to get better [on the team], and from a coaching standpoint it’s fun to see that kind of fire within,” Carlson said. “The guys, each and every day, they come to practice and try to improve, and that’s one thing we can take away from Big Ten match play.”