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May 21, 1999

Minnesota Widens Gap at NCAA Central Regionals

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Minnesota mens golf team increased its lead from five to seven strokes after the second day of competition today by firing a five-over-par 293 at Ohio States par-72, 7,109-yard Scarlet Course. The Golden Gophers maintained their first-round lead at the NCAA Central Regional even though none of their golfers improved their scores from the first round.

Defending national champion James McLean lead the Gophers with a even par 72, and is tied for the individual lead with David Suggs of Missouri at 141. Minnesotas Martin LeMesurier is tied with Daniel Fox of Arkansas-Little Rock and Kents Ben Curtis in third place, one stroke back at 142. Suggs and Fox are competing as individuals in the tournament.

Trailing Minnesota by seven strokes is second-place Northwestern, which shot a 295 for the day. Toledo maintained third place but is tied with Kent, which moved up from sixth place after shooting a 294.

The field enjoyed a beautiful day in Columbus with clear skies and temperatures in the high-80s, but battled firm greens en route to generally higher scores across the board.

.The top 10 teams and two individuals in the tournament will advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for June 2-5 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn.

Play continues Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET.

NCAA Men’s Golf Central Regional