Tie for first after day one in Illinois

C.J. Spang

After winning the Gopher Invitational two weeks ago, Minnesota’s men’s golf team came into the Pac-10 vs. Big Ten Challenge at The Glen Club in Glenville, Ill., looking to prove it wasn’t a one-shot wonder.

Through one day of the 54-hole competition, the Gophers are one of six teams that have not completed the second round and will have to finish the second round before today’s final 18 holes.

Minnesota is tied with Arizona State for the tournament lead at 3-under par. The Gophers finished the first round at 6-over par and in 10th place out of 14 teams.

Minnesota caught fire in the second round and is 9-under par with Gophers players still having to complete between two and six holes of their second round.

“We played extremely well (Monday) afternoon,” coach Brad James said. “We’re showing how deep of a team we have.”

Leading the way for Minnesota is freshman Antti Ahokas, who is tied for fourth place individually at 3-under par with six holes to complete in his second round. Arizona State’s Niklas Lemke is leading the tournament at 5-under par after 36 holes.

Also in the hunt for the individual title is Minnesota golfer Niall Turner, who is tied for 14th at 1-under par. Josh

Persons is tied for 16th at even par. Clayton Rask is tied for 23rd at 2-over par and teammate Bronson La’Cassie is tied for 39th at 5-over par.

The Gophers will complete the tournament today.