BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Golf teams have been active over the last two weeks in preparation for October's conference championships at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Jordan, Minn.
Defending MIAC champion St. Thomas is ranked No. 10 in the nation, with Saint John's coming in at No. 19 and Gustavus Adolphus receiving votes in the most recent Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll. Methodist (N.C.), the defending NCAA Division III champions, earned the top spot in the poll with 14 of the 17 available first-place votes. Emory (Ga.) earned one first-place vote and took second in the poll, eight points ahead of Huntingdon (Ala.) in third.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg sophomore Gunnar Goodmanson shot a 69 in the final round of the Pioneer Creek Collegiate meet over the weekend, the lowest single-round score of his career and the second-lowest in the MIAC this season.
Bethel logged a sub-300 to finish second at the Augsburg Fall Invitational to open the season. The Royals were led by junior Jon Espe, who tallied a two-over-par 146 at the meet.
Carleton senior Avery Tribus leads the Knights with an average of 77.25 shots per round this fall. Tribus was one of three Knights to shoot a season-low 75 at the Augsburg Fall Invitational to open the season.
Concordia freshman Matt Kulla set a new school record in his very first collegiate round, firing a 65 to begin the Augsburg Fall Invite. Kulla's 65 is a stroke shy of the best single-round score in MIAC men's golf history, a 64 shot by St. Thomas' Mark Hadley in a 2005 meet.
In just his second collegiate meet, Jacob Pederson carded rounds of 72-70-73 at the Pioneer Creek Collegiate Invitational in Maple Plain, Minn. over the weekend to finish at one-under-par. The Gustavus first-year golfer was the top Division III competitor in the field and the only non-Division I golfer to place in the top-10. Pederson's 215 was good for seventh place at the tournament.
Macalester first-year Alex Johanson has tallied the five lowest single-round scores for the Scots this season. The Walla Walla, Wash. native is six-over-par for the year with an average of 77.80 shots per 18 holes through his first five competitive rounds.
Sophomore Esten Stensrud logged Saint John's first under-par round of the year with a one-under 71 in the final 18 holes of the Pioneer Creek Collegiate Invitational over the weekend. Stensrud finished with a team-best two-over-par 223 in the tournament.
Saint Mary's Kyle Brodt and Tyler Dove recorded season-best rounds at the Tim Kopka Memorial Tournament last weekend. Brodt shot an opening round two-over-par 73, while Dove notched a season-low 75 to pace the Cardinals during Day 2 of the 36-hole event.
St. Olaf senior Kristian Leik Woie shot an even-par 72 in the first round and followed up with a 77 in round two to claim first place overall at the Cobber Fall Invite last weekend. Woie's 149 earned him medalist honors by two strokes and helped the Oles secure a team victory.
Sophomore Peder Larson shot one-under-par 71 to lead No. 10-ranked St. Thomas to the team victory in the two-day, 36-hole Augsburg Invite at the Majestic Oaks course in Ham Lake, Minn. to open September. Larson's 140 total (69-71) finished second among the 103 in competition and first among 65 golfers from eight MIAC teams.