JORDAN, Minn. – Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) men's golfers proved to be as adaptable as they are talented on Sunday, as weather concerns turned what was scheduled to be an 18-hole day into a 36-hole marathon with the 2018 MIAC Championship and a trip to nationals on the line. Through numerous lead changes throughout the day, the University of St. Thomas prevailed to secure its second consecutive men's golf conference title.
The Tommies were led by Emmet Herb, who tied for second place individually with a three-round total of 214 (-2). Pedar Larson was not far off in fifth-place with a three-over-par 219, while Matt Mellin tied for 11th at 224 (+8). Derek Farrell posted a 227 (+11) to land at 21st and Jack Ritchay cracked the top-25 with a 230 (+14) for the weekend. St. Thomas' score of 882 represents the fifth-lowest 54-hole team total in MIAC Men's Golf Championship history. As a result of their victory, the Tommies have earned the MIAC's automatic qualifier to the 2019 NCAA Men's Golf Championships.
Team scores were close the whole way through, with multiple lead changes taking place over the final 36 holes. Behind UST's 882, Gustavus Adolphus College and Augsburg University tied for second-place with cumulative totals of 886 each. Saint John's placed fourth with 897, followed by St. Olaf in fifth with 903. Bethel shot 910 to finish sixth with Concordia posting 915 for seventh place. Saint Mary's placed eighth with 935 shots, followed by Carleton in ninth with 940, and Macalester in 10th with 1017.
Jacob Pedersen of Gustavus earned medalist honors with a three-round total of 210 - the second-lowest 54-hole mark in MIAC Championship history. Only former Gustie Alex Kolquist has posted a lower 54-hole total at the conference meet when he registered a 207 to win in 2012. With scores of 214 (-2), Herb and Bethel's Noah Bragg tied for second place. Last year's co-medalist, Brett Buckingham of Augsburg, placed fourth with 217 (+1), while UST's Larson took fifth at 219 (+3). Dakota Krech of Augsburg and Matt Wahl of Saint John's tied for sixth-place with 220 (+4) strokes each, followed by Max Ullan of Gustavus in eighth with 221 (+5), Bethel's Jon Espe in ninth with 222 (+6), and David Schneider of Saint John's in 10th with 223 (+7).
Those ten low-scoring individuals earned recognition on the MIAC's 2018 All-Championship Team and will be automatic All-Conference selections in the spring.
2018 MIAC Men's Golf Championships