Men’s golf takes third at N.C. meet

Adam Fink

Last weekend, Minnesota’s men’s golf team searched for a rotation that would give the team a solid score from each player.

The Gophers found just that.

After finishing in first place last week at the Cleveland Golf/Augusta State Invitational, the 14th-ranked Gophers used that same lineup to carry them to third place at The Intercollegiate in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday.

Minnesota finished with a 2-under-par 862. Duke ran away from the pack at the 15-team tournament, however, finishing 19 strokes below par. Second-place Kansas finished 4-under-par.

Minnesota’s Bronson La’Cassie continued his recent tear. The freshman – and reigning Big Ten golfer of the week – was Minnesota’s top finisher at 4-under-par. It was the second-straight week he led the Gophers.

Minnesota’s key to success was its small disparity between its best and worst finisher.

La’Cassie completed the three rounds with a 212 score while Minnesota’s fifth scorer was David Morgan, finishing with a 223.

The difference marked the second consecutive tournament that the gap between the Gophers’ top and bottom finishers was 11 strokes.

It also indicated that the Gophers are beginning to peak at the right time.

After struggling with their short game and competing against top competition in the earlier part of the spring season, Minnesota has finished its last two tournaments in the top three.

This is a positive sign, considering the Gophers have only one more tournament before the Big Ten Championships begin on May 7.

Minnesota competes next on May 1 at the Fossum Invitational in East Lansing, Mich.