Saint John's, Olson roll to 2016 MIAC Men's Golf Championship

Saint John's, Olson roll to 2016 MIAC Men's Golf Championship

COON RAPIDS, Minn. – The Saint John's University men's golf team played outstanding golf over the final 36 holes to pull away from a crowded field and capture the 2016 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Golf Championship. The Johnnies put the finishing touches on their title Monday by shooting 297 to win by 18 shots.

Monday's performance came on the heels of Sunday's 4-under-par performance that sent SJU from a one-shot deficit to a double-digit lead. The Johnnies' 54-hole tournament total of 879 is the second-best score in MIAC Men's Golf Championship history, only two shots off the all-time record of 877, also set by SJU in 2006. The MIAC championship is the 12th in program history for Saint John's, the first since 2013 and the eighth since 2004. 


Johnnie fans had plenty to cheer about on the individual leader board as well, as SJU's Sam Olson captured individual medalist honors. The junior shot an even-par 72 Saturday before turning in the round of the tournament Sunday with a 4-under-par 68. He finished up with a solid 3-over-par 75 Monday to finish with a 54-hole total of 215 (-1) and win by two shots over teammate Ryan Gallagher, who carded a total of 217 (+1) to give the MIAC champs a 1-2 finish.

Gustavus played consistently great as well, as the Gusties finished with a 298 to end as the runner-up with a three-day total of 879 (298-302-298). Bethel was eight shots behind the Gusties in third with an even 300 on Monday, and a 54-hole total of 905 (302-303-300). St. Thomas (299-308-306=913) finished fourth and Concordia (305-315-306=926) rounded out the final spot in the top five.

Augsburg shot its best score of the tournament Monday to move up a spot into sixth place (316-313-308=937), with Carleton just six shots behind the Auggies in seventh (310-318-315=943). St. Olaf (314-317-317=948) was just five shots back of the Knights in eighth and Saint Mary's (326-317-323=966) and Macalester (330-320-327=977) occupied the final two spots on the 2016 leader board.

Individually, after the Saint John's duo at the top, there was a five-shot gap before a two-way tie for fifth between Concordia's Cade Montplasir and Gustavus' Chris Captain, who each shot a 6-over-par 222. A trio of players – Bethel's Noah Bragg and Alex Case and Saint John's Austin Kottke – were just a shot back of the third-place duo at 7-over par (223). St. Thomas' Riley Gannon finished eighth (224, +8) and Saint John's Mack Farley and Gustavus' Ben Hauge shared ninth place at 9-over par (225). 

There was a short awards ceremony following Monday's final round to honor the top teams and individuals. Augsburg received the MIAC championship plaque, as well as the conference's automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Golf Championships. The top 10 individual finishers are named to the All-Championship team, and will be automatically receive All-Conference honors in the spring.

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Day One
Team Results | Individual Results | Photos |

Day Two
Team Results | Individual Results | Photos |

Day Three
Team Results | Individual Results | Photos |   
  2016 MIAC Men's Golf All-Championship Team  
1. Sam Olson, Saint John's, 215 (-1)
2. Ryan Gallagher, Saint John's, 217 (+1)
T3. Cade Montplasir, Concordia, 222 (+6)
T3. Chris Captain, Gustavus, 222 (+6)
T5. Austin Kottke, Saint John's, 223 (+7)
T5. Noah Bragg, Bethel, 223 (+7)
T5. Alex Case, Bethel, 223 (+7)
8. Riley Gannon, St. Thomas, 224 (+8)
T9. Mack Farley, Saint John's, 225 (+9)
T9. Ben Hauge, Gustavus, 225 (+9)

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