Men's Golf--Monday story
St. Thomas' run for a top-two team finish fell flat on Monday and it closed its fall season with a fourth-place conference finish. The three-day, 54-hole tourney concluded Monday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
St. John's won at 879, 18 shots ahead of runner-up Gustavus (897). Bethel (905), UST (913) and Concordia-Moorhead (926) placed 3-4-5.
Tommie junior Riley Gannon made All-MIAC as he placed eighth of 50 players at 75-75-74/224.
Freshman Emmet Herb is tied for 13th with scores of 74-79-76/229. Pete Sienko shot 76-76-82/234 to tie for 22nd. Shane Sienko tied for 28th at 235 after a final round 78. Matt Radke tied for 30th at 236 after a final round 78.
Women's Golf--Monday story
Defending champion St. Thomas was unable to make a charge up the leader board on Monday and closed its fall season with a fourth-place conference finish.
St. Catherine won its first MIAC golf championship with a two-stroke win over Carleton.
St. Thomas placed fourth, 22 out of first, six behind third-place Gustavus and eight behind fifth-place Bethel in the three-day, 54-hole tourney at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids.
The Wildcats had rounds of 319-311-319/949. Carleton closed with a 311 on Monday and scored 951. The Knights led momentarily before St. Catherine came back to win.
UST senior Rachel Morris tied for third place in a field of 50 players at 233 with a 78 on Monday, her fourth consecutive top-five finish in conference meets.
Women's Golf--Sunday story
St. Catherine holds a 10-stroke lead heading into Monday's final 18-hole round at the MIAC Championships.
The Wildcats have had rounds of 319 and 311 in pursuit of their first conference title in women's golf. They lead Carleton by 10 strokes, St. Thomas by 12, and Bethel and Gustavus by 17.
Carleton shot 310 on Sunday to move into prime contention. UST, the defending champion, has posted back-to-back rounds of 321 and needs a better round on Monday if it hopes to repeat.
Rachel Morris (80-75/155) is in fourth place in a field of 50 players. Emily Thul (76-83/159) is tied for sixth. Marja Sorensen (82-80/162) is tied for 13th. Morgan McCorkle (84-83/167 is tied for 22nd.
St. John's had three sub-par rounds and shot 284 on Sunday to take a commanding 17-shot lead over Gustvus into Monday's final 18 holes at the MIAC Championships.
The Johnnies are at 582, Gustavus is at 599, Bethel is at 602, St. Thomas is at 605 and Concordia is at 620.
St. Catherine (319), St. Thomas (321), Bethel (322), Gustavus (328) and Carleton (330) hold the top five team spots for the women after the first day of the MIAC Championships.
Gustavus (297), St. John's (298), St. Thomas (299) and Bethel (302) hold the top four spots on the men's side at the MIAC Championships.
Tommie Women's Golf plays in the 54-hole MIAC Championships this weekend at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. The tourney has 18 holes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The victor gets the conference's automatic berth into the May 2017 NCAA Championships.
St. Thomas won the 2015 MIAC Championships to advance to nationals, where they tied for eighth.
The Tommies will face tough competition this weekend as Carleton leads the MIAC in average strokes per round at 313.4 though St. Thomas is not far behind at 316.2. Bethel (322.2), St. Catherine (322.2), St. Benedict (328.8) and Gustavus (329.2) are all averaging under 330 strokes per round as well.
UST has placed in the top three in all four of its tournaments this fall, including a first-place finish at the Division III Classic. With two rounds of 304, St. Thomas set the school record for 36 holes en route to its win. It is also just the second time any MIAC team had two sub-305 rounds in one tournament. UST had another rarity on the opening day with four players shooting in the 70s.
The Tommies will look to its upperclassmen to help win another conference championship.
Senior Rachel Morris has a 78.3 stroke average this fall and has placed 5th, 4th and 5th in three career MIAC meets.
Junior Emily Thul received All-America honors after placing third in the 2016 NCAA Championships, tied for 2nd at the 2015 MIAC meet and has a 78.9 stroke average so far this fall.
Morgan McCorkle, a junior, placed 15th in the 2015 MIAC meet and has maintained a 79.8 stroke average this fall.
No. 11-ranked St. Thomas Men's Golf plays in the 54-hole MIAC Championships this weekend at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids. The tourney has 18 holes on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The winner gets the conference's automatic berth into the May 2017 NCAA Championships.
Last year, the Tommies finished one shot behind Augsburg to claim second place in the MIAC Championships but received an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Championships, where they tied for fifth.
The 2016 MIAC Championships look to be competitive again this year as St. John's (299.9), Gustavus (301.8), Augsburg (304.6), St. Thomas (306.3) and Bethel (309.3) are all averaging under 310 strokes per round.
Junior Pete Sienko received All-America honors last season, was the 2015 MIAC Championships meet medalist, the 2015 MIAC Player of the Year and had a stroke average of 76.6 this fall.
Fellow junior Shane Sienko is averaging 76.9 strokes so far this fall.
Freshman Emmet Herb has a 76.5 stroke average this fall and finished 12th of 92 at the elite 2016 Golfweek Tournament.
Riley Gannon, a junior, tied for 14th at the 2015 MIAC meet and placed 10th at the 2016 Golfweek Tournament.
Junior Matt Radke tied for 21st in last fall's conference meet.