JORDAN, Minn. – After 18 holes of play, St. Olaf and St. Thomas are tied for the team lead at the 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Golf Championships, each totaling 3-over-par 291s to begin the conference tournament.
Augsburg is not far off the pace at 298 (+10) followed by Saint John's in fourth at 301 (+13). Bethel finished at 305 (+17) for fifth place, with Gustavus two strokes behind at 307 (+19) and Concordia another two behind for seventh place at 309 (+21). Saint Mary's (316), Carleton (318), and Macalester (340) rounded out the field in eighth, ninth, and tenth, respectively.
On the individual leaderboard, seven players finished the first round under par, led by St. Olaf senior Kristian Leik Woie's 4-under-par 68. St. Thomas' Emmet Herb, Augsburg's Brett Buckingham, and Gustavus' Jacob Pederson are all tied for second place with 70 (-2), while Augsburg's Harrison Cooper, St. Thomas' Peder Larson, and Bethel's Jon Espe are tied for fifth at 71 (-1).
ROUNDS 2 AND 3 TEE 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 8:00 a.m. With weather concerns ahead of Monday's scheduled finale, teams and players will be reseeded following Round 2 on Sunday and will return to the course in the afternoon to play the front nine with a shotgun start. Teams are expected to be back on the links Monday morning to finish with the back nine. 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 2019 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.
2018 MIAC Golf Championships