Gophers Rally to Win Big TenPac 10 Challenge

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Courtesy of University of Minnesota
 
College CentralThe 20th-ranked University of Minnesota men's golf rallied from a 13-stroke deficit going into the final round to win the inaugural Big Ten/Pac 10 Challenge at Brandon Dunes Golf Club in Brandon, Ore.
 
Inclement weather shortened the event to 36 holes and the Gophers took advantage firing a final round 292 to tie USC at 20-over-par 596. Minnesota was declared the winner by virtue of a fifth score tiebreaker. Junior Ryan Paulson's 154 edged out USC's Ben Hayes by four shots for the victory.
 
Individually, the Gophers were led by All-American Bronson La'Cassie. La'Cassie fired a final round 71 to tie for fourth at 1-over 145. Sophomore Naill Turner carded a second round 73 and moved up into a tie for 14th at 150 (+6).
 
Junior Josh Persons also made a move on Tuesday firing a 74 and tying for 18th at 7-over 151. Senior Ben Greve also carded a 74 and tied for 22nd at 8-over 152. Paulson tied for 33rd at 10-over 154.
 
In the conference challenge, the Pac-10 won the inaugural event with a combined score of plus-162 to the Big Tens plus-191. Each conference counted its low six scores of each round to determine the challenge winner.
 
The 2005 Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge will be held at the Glen Club in Glenview, Ill., and the 2006 event will return to Bandon and will be played on the Pacific Dunes course.
 
The Golden Gophers complete their fall season this weekend at the Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. Minnesota is the defending champion in the event.
 
Big Ten/Pac 10 Challenge
Final Results
1 Minnesota, Univ. of 304 292 596 +20
Southern California 298 298 596 +20
3 UCLA 291 307 598 +22
4 Arizona State U. 296 305 601 +25
5 Northwestern 298 304 602 +26
6 Washington, U. of 301 302 603 +27
7 Arizona, U. of 307 298 605 +29
8 Penn State U. 310 297 607 +31
9 Purdue University 310 299 609 +33
10 Indiana University 304 307 611 +35
11 California, U. of 305 311 616 +40
12 Oregon, U. of 310 310 620 +44
13 Michigan, U. of 310 312 622 +46
14 Illinois, U. of 312 316 628 +52
 
Minnesota Scores
T 4 Bronson LaCassie 74 71 145
T 14 Niall Turner 77 73 150
T 18 Josh Persons 77 74 151
T 22 Ben Greve 78 74 152
T 33 Ryan Paulson 76 78 154