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COLLEGE GOLF: Pierz’s Bell Co-Big Ten player of week

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that University of Minnesota men's golfer Robert Bell of Pierz has been named Co-Big Ten Conference Player of the Week. 

This is the first Big Ten Conference weekly award for Bell and he’s the first Minnesota player to be player of the week since Bronson La'Cassie on April 7, 2007.

Bell, a redshirt junior, collected his first career top-five finish this week in leading the Gophers to a tie for third place at the Fighting Irish Classic. The Gophers' finish was the highest since the 2009-10 team began the season with a third-place finish at the Gopher Invitational.

Bell battled the elements at South Bend, Ind., but still managed to post the lowest 54-hole score of his collegiate career with a 4-over-par 214. He finished the tournament with a final-round even-par 70 to tie a career low. His 4-over-par score is also the lowest tournament score in relation to par in his collegiate career.

Bell currently leads the 2011-12 Gophers with a 72.66 stroke average. He began the season with a career stroke average of 78.82.

The Gophers head for Raleigh, N.C., to take part in the N.C. State Invitational Monday and Tuesday. Live scoring will be available via