Several Pac-10 Teams Competed In The Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge

Oct. 27, 2004

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BANDON, Ore. -- No. 20 Minnesota shot a 4-over 292 to come back from 13 strokes off the pace and win the inaugural Big Ten/Pac-10 Challenge in a tie-breaker over No. 10 USC Tuesday at the par-72, 7,040-yard Bandon Dunes Golf Course.

The Golden Gophers were tied for sixth after the first round, but got top 20 finishes out of Bronson LaCassie, who tied fourth at 1-over 145, Niall Turner and Josh Persons to finish the tournament knotted with the Trojans at 20-over 596. The predetermined tie-breaker was the non-counting or fifth-man score, and the Gophers won that battle by two strokes.

Turner tied for 14th at 150, while Persons tied for 18th at 151.

Tuesday's second and final round was completed in passing showers and sun breaks, with light winds that occasionally gusted, especially along Bandon's ocean side holes. The tournament was shortened from three rounds to two due to Monday's storm that forced the second round to be suspended after five holes.

Arizona State's Alejandro Canizares won the individual title by shooting a 2-under 142. The 2003 NCAA individual medalist posted consecutive rounds of 71. Tuesday, Canizares had six birdies, a bogey and two double bogeys.

Washington's Alex Prugh was second at 1-over 143, while USC's Taylor Wood finished third at even par 144.

In the conference challenge, the Pac-10 won the inaugural event with acombined score of plus-162 to the Big Ten's plus-191. Each conference counted its low six scores of each round to determine the challenge winner.

No. 19 UCLA, which led by five strokes after the first round, shot a 307 Tuesday and finished third at 598. No. 17 Arizona State was fourth at 601, followed by Northwestern (602), Washington (603), Arizona (605), Penn State (607), No. 21 Purdue (609) and Indiana (611) to round out the top 10.

California was 11th at 616, host Oregon finished 12th at 620, Michigan was 13th at 622 and Illinois was 14th at 628.

Freshman Joey Benedetti shot his second straight 77 to lead the Ducks. He finished tied for 33rd at 154. Justin St. Clair (Springfield, Ore.), Gregg LaVoie and Chris Dukeminer (Eugene, Ore.) finished at 156 and tied for 45th.

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.