Minnesota Climbs into Fifth-place Tie at NCAA Championships
June 2, 2006
The University of Minnesota men's golf team climbed into a tie for fifth place after three rounds of the NCAA Championships in Sunriver, Ore. The Golden Gophers fired a 4-over-par 292 in the third round and trail tournament leader Washington by eight shots. Minnesota's three round total of 865 is tied with Lamar University and is fied shots behind Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Arizona State. The Maroon and Gold will play in the second to last groups in tomorrow's final round at the par 72, 7,630-yard Crosswater Course and Sunriver Resort.
For the third straight day, the Gophers had a different golfer step up and lead the team. On Friday, it was junior Naill Turner firing a near flawless 3-under-par 69. Turner is tied for 13th at 214. Junior All-American Bronson La'Cassie carded a third round 75 and is tied or 21st at even-par 216. Senior Josh Persons birdied the final hole and shot 74 for a three-round total of 219. Persons is tied for 50th. Sophomore Clayton Rask battled back from two bogeys in his first three holes and shot 74 on the day tying him for 74th at 221. Freshman Victor Almstrom shot 77 today and is tied for 117th at 226. Full Story
Northwestern's postseason magic came to an end Friday at the Crosswater Golf Club as the 17th-ranked Wildcats shot a 14-over 302 to finish with a 25-over 889, 15 strokes off the team cut. After today's third round, only the low 15 teams and low six individuals will compete in Saturday's final round.
The Wildcats' 25-over left them in 25th place. Washington remains the team leader (7-under 857) with 18 holes to play, but the Huskies are being pressed by Oklahoma State, Wake Forest and Arizona State, who are all tied for second, three strokes (4-under 860) behind the first-place Huskies.
Minnesota, the only other Big Ten team in the 30-team field, is tied for fifth place with a 1-over 865.
Northwestern began the third round four strokes back of the 15th-place team. The Wildcats, however, were unable to produce any individual round better than a 2-over 74. David Merkow (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead Union) and Kyle Moore (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto) both recorded 74's on Friday. Moore finished his first NCAA National Championships as the Wildcats' top golfer with a 6-over 222 (74-74-74). Full Story