Men in need of strong tournament to break out of mediocre season; women look to rebound

The Gophers’ women’s team kicked off the spring season with a third place finish but took 12th at their most recent tournament.

by Nick Sudheimer

After another seventh place finish this past weekend, the Minnesota menâÄôs golf team looks to improve on what has been a thoroughly mediocre season thus far as it heads to the Gleneagles Country Club for the Florida Atlantic University Spring Break Invitational.

Although the Gophers have had some strong individual play throughout their tournaments âÄî particularly from senior Donald Constable and sophomore Erik Van Rooyen, who have both finished in the top-20 at several events âÄî the team has consistently finished in the middle of the pack this season and has yet to finish better than sixth.

Nearly halfway through the spring season, the Gophers must improve their record to above .500 in order to be eligible for the NCAA tournament. In golf, a teamâÄôs record is determined by its finish in a tournament. For instance, a fifth place out of 15 teams yields a record for that event of 10-4.

Last year at the FAU Invitational, the team finished eighth, while conference foe Illinois took the the top spot. This yearâÄôs field features 17 teams from eight different conferences, including four from the Big Ten.

Women look to make statement in Mountain View Collegiate

In its first tournament since Feb. 22, the Minnesota womenâÄôs golf team hopes to solidify a spot in the NCAA tournament when it heads to Tuscon, Ariz. tomorrow for the Mountain View Collegiate.

After an impressive third-place finish at the UCF Challenge to kick off the spring season, the Gophers stumbled in their last tournament, finishing 12th out of 15 teams.

The Mountain View Collegiate will provide Minnesota with not only an opportunity to get back on track but to also make a statement in its quest for an NCAA tournament berth.

Doing so will be no small task for the Gophers, though, as five teams in the 18-team field are ranked in the top-25.

The tournament begins Friday at 7:30 a.m., with 36 holes played tomorrow and the final 18 holes on Saturday.