PHOTO: Senior Emmet Herb
St. Thomas Men's Golf standouts senior Emmet Herb and junior Miles McCarthy were part of a rare three-way award for MIAC Athlete of the Week, announced Tuesday by the conference office. It's the third such career honor for Herb and first for McCarthy.
Herb and McCarthy each had career-best rounds with five-under-par scores of 65 in Friday's dual-meet victory over Gustavus at the par-70 Le Sueur Country Club. The Toms' 274 score topped Gustavus by 16 strokes. It's the first time in at least 12 years that one MIAC team had two players with 5-under par or better scores in the same tournament.
This marked Herb's fifth collegiate round in the 60s, and McCarthy's second.
It's believed that only one MIAC player has ever shot better than a 65 in one collegiate round -- the Tommies' Mark Hadley shot an eight-under-par 64 in April 2005 at a meet in Rock Island, Ill.
The Tommie pair share the conference weekly honor with St. Mary's Bryce Galewski, who carded a six-under 65 in day two of the UW-Superior tournament.
Above: Junior Miles McCarthy
The No. 22-ranked Tommies scorched the LeSueur layout for a six-under-par team score of 274, the lowest numerical score in program history. Gustavus and the St. Thomas No. 2 team both shot 290 to share second place.
The Purple's six-under team score tied for the third-best by a St. Thomas squad relative to par. In September 2004 St. Thomas topped Bahel in a dual meet at Hillcrest with a 1-under 278 score. In April of 2018, the Toms shot a seven-under 281 score in an April meet hosted by St. John's. In that round, Pete Sienko had a seven-under 65 and Herb had a four-under 68.
Peder Larson (71), Jack Nasby (73) and Ben Frazzini (74) rounded out the No. 1 team lineup on Friday. Ben Kisla of the Purple No. 2 team shot 69. Other scorers for the Tommie No. 2 team were Sam Tollette (73), Matthew Raab (74) and John Peterson (74).
St. Thomas coach Scott Proshek said the greens on the LeSueur course have been undergoing seasonal maintenance, so Friday's low scores were even more impressive.
The Tommies will play host to the Pioneer Collegiate Classic next Saturday and Sunday in Maple Plain and will face No. 15-ranked St. John's as well as four other MIAC teams, plus Luther and Manitoba. More than a dozen Division I players on hand for the Minnesota Gopher Invite will play in the Pioneer as individuals.