Big Ten Men's Golf Season in Review
June 18, 2007
Big Ten co-Champions Michigan State and Minnesota, along with NCAA Central Regional medalist Dan Woltman of Wisconsin, represented the Big Ten Conference at the 2007 NCAA Men's Golf Championships, May 30-June 2. Minnesota (278-276-294-285--1133) finished tied with Florida for ninth overall, which marked the team's and the conference's second-straight top 10 finish. The 72-hole event was held on the Gold Course at Golden Horseshoe Golf Club (Par 71, 6,817 Yards) in Williamsburg, Va.
The Golden Gophers were led by Victor Almstrom. The Minnesota sophomore fired a career-best 67 in the final round to move him into a tie for 15th at 1-under-par 279 (73-68-71-67). Almstrom's total of 279 tied the fifth-best 72-hole tournament score in Gopher golf history.
After an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional, Michigan State earned its first trip to the NCAA Championships under Big Ten Coach of the Year Mark Hankins. The Spartans missed the cut by six strokes after a 54-hole score of 857 (283-287-287). The top 15 teams and the top six individuals not on those 15 teams advanced to the fourth and final round. Freshman Jack Newman had the highest finish for the Spartans as he finished with a 210 (70-69-71).
Following his win at the NCAA Central Regional, Wisconsin's Woltman also missed the cut with a 214 (72-72-70), which placed him in a 10-way tie for 64th place after three rounds. However, Woltman earned an honorable-mention accolade on the PING Division I All-America Team, which was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Also honored by the GCAA was third-team selection and Big Ten Golfer of the Year Matt Harmon of Michigan State, while Minnesota's Victor Almstrom, Bronson LaCassie and Niall Turner earned honorable-mention awards. Harmon and LaCassie were also tabbed third-team All-Americans by Golfweek, while Turner and Indiana's Jorge Campillo were honorable-mention selections.
Off the course, 38 men's golfers were named Academic All-Big Ten for their efforts in the classroom during 2006-07.