Second round sinks Gophers’ golfers

Minnesota finished 10th in the 15-team field after a poor second round.

Drew Claussen

Gophers head men’s golf coach John Carlson has made it known that he wants his team to finish strong. He got his wish this week, as Minnesota had a solid first and third round but a poor second round that sunk the team at the Kikkor Golf Husky Invitational.

Minnesota shot 300-313-298 — 911 to finish 10th at the Invitational at the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain in Bremerton, Wash.

Host team Washington collectively shot an impressive 2-under-par 862 to run away with the team title. The middle of the pack played very evenly, with only 27 strokes separating fifth-place San Diego State from 12th-place Pepperdine.

Junior Alex Gaugert paced the Gophers in the invitational and fired a three-round 6-over-par 222 to finish tied for 18th individually. Senior Erik Van Rooyen and freshman Jon DuToit tied each other for the second straight week, finishing 30th with a score of 226.

Three golfers from Washington came out on top individually. Cheng-Tsung Pan shot a 5-under-par 211 to win, and Chris Williams and Trevor Simsby finished second.

Minnesota will compete again next weekend at the William H. Tucker Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.