JORDAN, Minn. – The University of St. Thomas men's golf team completed the three-peat on Monday evening, locking up the program's third consecutive Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) championship and punching a ticket to the 2020 NCAA Division III Tournament.
The Tommies totaled 878 strokes (+14) over 54 holes, the second-lowest three-round team score in recorded conference history. The team's 284 in round three also set a new MIAC-low score for a final round and is tied for the second-lowest 18-hole score in conference history as well.
The Toms were led by senior medalist Emmet Herb, who carded a 74-69-68 over three rounds of play for a 54-hole total of 211, the second-lowest three-round tally in MIAC history. Herb also tied former Gustavus standout John Bleyhl's 1988 record for the lowest final round by an individual champion with a third-round 68 to close out Herb's final MIAC meet.
Gustavus placed second in the team standings with a three-round total of 892 (301-301-290), followed by Saint John's in third at 896 (305-300-291). Augsburg placed fourth at 912 (306-297-309), with Concordia two shots behind at 914 (305-300-309). Bethel finished sixth with 930 (319-308-303), followed by St. Olaf in seventh at 937 (321-308-308), Saint Mary's in eighth at 939 (326-315-298), Carleton in ninth at 943 (321-310-312), and Macalester in tenth at 973 (340-316-317).
St. Thomas' Herb placed first individually with a five-under-par 211. Gustavus' Jacob Pedersen took second at 218 (+2), followed by Saint John's Preston Kopel and St. Thomas' Jack Nasby in a tie for third at 220 (+4). One stroke behind them in a tie for fifth were Augsburg's River Goodmanson and Gustavus' Max Ullan at 221 (+5), with Concordia's Gage Stromme in seventh at 222 (+6). A pair of Johnnies - David Schneider and Charlie Stuck - tied for eighth at 224 (+8), while St. Olaf's Casey Parker rounded out the top ten at 225 (+9).
Those ten low-scoring individuals earned recognition on the MIAC's 2019 All-Championship Team and will be automatic All-Conference selections in the spring.
2019 MIAC Men's Golf Championships