Trasamar leads team to Gopher Invitational

Jon Trasamar is the main leader of a young team this season.

by Samuel Gordon

The Gophers men’s golf team is quite familiar with Windsong Farm Golf Club in Independence, Minn. — a good omen as it prepares for this weekend’s Gopher Invitational.

It’s an even better omen, though, for Minnesota golfer Jon Trasamar. Windsong Farm is Trasamar’s favorite course in the metro area, according to Gophers head coach John Carlson.

Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minn., was home to the Gopher Invitational for the last eight years, but the change of scenery could bode well for Trasamar and the Gophers.

Trasamar, a redshirt senior and team captain, will lead a relatively young team at the invitational this weekend.

 “Off the tee, it isn’t as difficult compared to Spring Hill, which was very demanding,” Trasamar said. It’s a nice switch for us. … There’s a level of comfort.”

Maybe that comfort comes from the long hours Gophers golfers spent on the course in the spring and summer.

Maybe it’ll come from the handful of practice rounds Minnesota will play there this week.

Or maybe Trasamar’s maturity and leadership have helped make the venue switch relatively seamless.

Carlson said Trasamar’s demeanor is calming and said he’s a positive influence on his teammates.

“He’s someone who really heeds advice from the coaching staff,” Carlson said. “He’s grown every year.

“[Trasamar] is mature enough in his game right now that if he gets off to a good start, he’ll have a chance to contend in the tournament.”

Trasamar is only a few weeks removed from a win in the Pine to Palm Championship — a match play tournament held in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

“I made nice strides in the spring season even though I wasn’t seeing them on the course,” Trasamar said. “When you get results like that, it makes you feel better, and it’s the validation to know that this is the way I’m supposed to be doing it.”

Trasamar’s short game was a point of emphasis in the summer.

He said he also worked closely with a sports psychologist to help temper the perfectionist mentality he used to have.

“[I worked on] … accepting different emotions and feelings,” he said. “I’m trying to be less picky while I’m playing.”

Still, Trasamar could be primed for a big weekend.

“We play Windsong as much as we play any other country club in the Twin Cities,” Carlson said.  “That’s a huge edge in golf.”