2006 Season in Review
June 7, 2006
The University of Minnesota men's golf team saved its best round for the final day of the NCAA Championships en route to a third-place finish in the 72-hole event. The Gophers, who finished with a 5-under-par score of 1147 (287-286-292-282), ended up just four shots behind Oklahoma State, who claimed the title at 9-under 1143. The event was held from May 31-June 3 at Crosswater Golf Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore. Big Ten champion Northwestern (292-295-302--889) failed to make the cut and finished 25th overall.
Minnesota, which made its 27th NCAA appearance and seventh visit since 1998, the most of any northern school, was led by Les Bolstad Award winner Bronson La'Cassie, who tied for sixth individually at 4-under 284 (70-71-75-68). Niall Turner tied for 10th at 286 (71-74-69-72), while Josh Persons tied for 20th at an even-par 288 (73-74-72-69). The third-place finish was the Gophers best since they won the national title in 2002.
For the Wildcats, who made their fifth trip to the NCAA Championships under head coach Pat Goss and their 22nd overall, they were led by Kyle Moore with a 6-over 222 (74-74-74).
The Big Ten finished 2006 with five teams ranked in the Golfweek/Sagarin Top 50 in No. 23 Minnesota, No. 24 Northwestern, No. 39 Purdue, No. 47 Indiana and No. 48 Illinois. In addition, Indiana's Mike Mayer, the 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year, was honored as the Eaton Golf Pride Midwest Region Coach of the Year as well.