BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Golfers battled through wind and rain to finish Day Two of the 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Golf Championships just before sunset on Sunday.
An early afternoon rain delay nearly pushed Round 2 action to Monday, but skies eventually cleared and all groups were able to finish the full 18 holes before dark.
The University of St. Thomas heads into tomorrow's final round with a commanding 11 stroke lead, collecting a two-day total of 589 (283 | 306). Augsburg trailed just behind the Tommies on Day Two with a 308, bringing the Auggies total to 600 (292 | 308) entering Round 3. Saint John's shot 309 on Sunday, totaling 605 (296 | 309) with one round left to play. Gustavus is not far behind either, with a two-day sum of 608 (301 | 307). Bethel enters Round 3 in fifth place with 614 (300 | 314), followed by Concordia at 620 (306 | 314) and Saint Mary's at 630 (319 | 311). St. Olaf trails the Cardinals by one with a two-day score of 631 (312 | 327), followed by Carleton in ninth place with 639 (312 | 327) and Macalester in tenth with 713 (338 | 375).
The elements wreaked havoc on scores across the board on Sunday; however, even a five-over-par day was not enough to loosen Shane Sienko's grip on first place. The St. Thomas senior shot a 77 in Round 2, bringing his two-day total to 146 (69 | 77). Not to be outdone, Gustavus' Alec Aunan carded a two-over-par 74 on Sunday to tie Sienko at 146 (72 | 74) heading into Monday's final round. Three golfers – Brett Buckingham (Augsburg), Nathaniel Kahlbaugh (Concordia) and Owen Nowicki (St. Thomas) – are tied for third at 147, while three more – Noah Parker (St. Olaf), Pete Sienko (St. Thomas) and Chris Captain (Gustavus) – are tied at 148, making Monday's final round all the more interesting.
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FINAL ROUND TEES OFF MONDAY
The culmination of the three-day, 54-hole MIAC Men's Golf Championships tees off Monday morning from the Ridges at Sand Creek. Due to weather concerns, the MIAC Championship Committee affirmed a 7:30 a.m. coaches meeting on Monday to determine Round 3's format and tee times. Information will be available on MIACathletics.com immediately following the meeting.
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.