Women sit sixth after first day

Play was suspended during the second round due to darkness.

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Christopher Selleck; Daily File photo

Carmen Laguna practices putting Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Nickalas Tabbert

The Gophers women’s golf team shot 37-over par in the opening day of the Hurricane Invitational on Monday in Coral Gables, Fla.

Minnesota is in sixth place out of 16 teams competing in the 54-hole event.

The Gophers were unable to finish the second round due to darkness. Teams will finish their second rounds Tuesday morning before starting the third round.

Minnesota trails Big Ten conference rival Iowa by four shots. Texas State leads the tournament with a team score of 17-over par.

Banchalee Theinthong leads the Gophers in 15th place. The junior shot 5-over par in her first round and used three birdies in five holes on the back nine to shoot even par through 14 holes in her second round.

Carmen Laguna, the Gophers’ top performer in the fall season, is tied for 23rd at 8-over par. She shot 4-over par in her opening round and has the same score in her second round with three holes remaining.

Sarinee Thitiratanakorn is tied for 38th at 12-over par, and Anna Laorr is tied for 42nd and is one shot behind.

Jackie Shepherd is tied for 53rd with five holes left in her second round.

Minnesota’s Taylor Quinn is participating as an individual and will not count for the team score. She is 67th and has three holes left in her second round.

The Gophers will compete in five tournaments this spring before the Big Ten championships. Minnesota improved over the course of four tournaments last fall, finishing third in its last two tournaments.