JORDAN, Minn. – After one round of play, a pair of Sienkos stand atop the leaderboard at the 2017 MIAC Men's Golf Championships.
St. Thomas senior golfers Pete and Shane Sienko both finished under-par on Day One of the MIAC Championships to lead the Tommies into first-place, 18 holes into competition. St. Thomas heads into Day Two with a collective five-under-par 283. Augsburg University carded a four-over-par 292 in the first round to occupy second-place on the leaderboard, followed by defending MIAC champions Saint John's in third with a plus-eight 296. Bethel (300), Gustavus (301) and St. Olaf (302) are all within a point of one another after one day of action, while Concordia (306), Carleton (312), Saint Mary's (319) and Macalester (338) round out the field following first round play.
On the individual leaderboard, Pete Sienko leads the pack with a four-under-par 68, followed by Shane Sienko in second with a three-under-par 69. Augsburg's Brett Buckingham carded the only other under-par score on the challenging course, finishing the day in third with a one-under-par 71 at the Ridges at Sand Creek. Gustavus' Alec Aunan shot an even 72 on Day One to finish the first round in fourth, while a slew of golfers posted one-over-par 73s, creating a seven-way tie for fifth and paving the way for an exciting Day Two on Sunday.
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ROUND TWO TEES OFF SUNDAY
The three-day, 54-hole MIAC Men's Golf Championships continue Sunday at the Ridges at Sand Creek with the first tee time set for 10:00 a.m. Monday's final round will tee off at 9 a.m. Spectators are welcome to attend and there is no admission fee. Those in attendance are encouraged to read and follow the Championship's spectator rules.
There will be a short awards ceremony following Monday's final round to honor the top teams and individuals. The championship team will receive the MIAC championship plaque, as well as the Conference's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Golf Championships. The top 10 individual finishers will be named to the All-Championship team, and will be automatically eligible for All-Conference honors in the spring.
Fans who can't make the trip to Jordan can follow all the action on the MIAC Golf Championships website, which will include unofficial hole-by-hole live scoring updates, results, pairings, tee times, recaps, photos and more. Fans can interact on social media throughout the tournament on the MIAC's Facebook page, Instagram or on Twitter.