Fatigue shows in 15th-place finish

The Gophers played well in Friday’s opening round but struggled Saturday and Sunday.

by Nickalas Tabbert

The Gophers women’s golf team shot 56-over par to finish 15th out of 18 teams at the Rebel Intercollegiate during the weekend.

Coastal Carolina University won the tournament with a 1-under par score of 863. Minnesota shot 920.

The Gophers played well in Friday’s opening round but struggled during the weekend at the Ole Miss Golf Course in Oxford, Miss.

Coach Michele Redman said the team struggled with its short game and putting but also from mental mistakes.

She said the busy spring schedule has taken its toll on the women.

“This is really the first tournament we played this year that we didn’t finish where we should have finished,” she said. “That’s going to happen when you play as many tournaments as we play.”

Minnesota has played in five tournaments this spring and nine since last September, all on the road. The team will get a much-needed break now before the Big Ten championships April 26.

Carmen Laguna was the lone bright spot for Minnesota, shooting a spring season-best 225 to finish tied for 34th place.

The sophomore’s best round, a 2-over par 74, came Sunday.

Laguna said she switched back to her old set of clubs for the tournament. She had been using a new set since winter break, but she wasn’t hitting the ball as well as she did last fall.

“I actually hit the old ones better,” she said.

Redman said the team will likely have a few days off this week before starting to focus on the Big Ten championships.