Date: March 02, 2007
Author: Alistair Hogg

Aussie college pair impress in Puerto Rico

By Alistair Hogg National squad members Ben Pisani and Bronson LaCassie have flown the flag for Australia in the Puerto Rico Classic. Representing the University of Minnesota, the pair performed well as the &aposGophers&apos played well above their ranking to finish seventh, ten positions higher than last year. Ranked 27th in the country, the squad headed to Puerto Rico earlier this time to avoid last year&aposs travel woes that saw them miss their practice round after being stuck in Chicago and New York en route to Central America. The move paid off as the Gophers combined to shoot an even par 864 which was a 37-stroke improvement on last year&aposs effort. Minnesota went into the final round in sixth position but half of the squad fired their highest score of the event which saw the team drop one spot in the final standings. Despite this, the Gophers still managed to finish higher than four teams ranked above them including the number one team, Florida. Sixth-ranked Georgia claimed the event with a 14-under par, one stroke ahead of Clemson (No.11) and Stanford (No.2). Pisani and Niall Turner were the best performers for Minnesota, shooting two-under 214s to tie for 12th in the individual standings, five adrift of winners Joseph Bramlett and Roberto Castro of Stanford and Georgia Tech respectively. La Cassie, the eighth-ranked amateur in the world was one stroke behind the Gopher lead pair in an overall position of 17th. The Gophers now head to Nevada for the Las Vegas Founders&apos Invitational which will be played March 9-11.