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Herb leads 3-peat MIAC championship for Men's Golf

B.J. Pickard photo, MIAC office
B.J. Pickard photo, MIAC office

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In its pursuit of another MIAC team championship in Jordan, Minn., No. 11-ranked Tommie Men's Golf needed its whole five-man lineup to step up on Monday for the final 36 holes of play. 

Mission accomplished.

Coach Scott Proshek's Toms erased a four-shot deficit to start the day with a strong Monday performance to record the program's 12 league team crown.

The icing on the cake: St. Thomas claimed the automatic berth into the NCAA tournament, making it seven NCAA tourney trips in nine years for the program.

They saw a double-digit lead shrink to five shots on the final nine holes, before surging again to post a 14-stroke victory over runner-up and No. 25-ranked Gustavus.

After Sunday's opening score of 305 on a windy day, the Toms got down to business to post closing rounds of 289 and 284 in better conditions on Monday.

It's the first time in program history the Toms have claimed three consecutive MIAC team titles.

The final-round 284 set a conference record for final round low score in a league championship competition, and that was second only to the 2017 Toms' first round (283) for low 18 in any MIAC meet.

The Tommies (878), Gusties (892), No. 14-ranked Johnnies (896), Auggies (912), Cobbers (914) and Royals (930) took the top six team places.

Senior Emmet Herb posted Monday scores of 69 and 68 and finished at 211 for a seven-shot win in the medalist race. The 211 total was the second best score in MIAC tournament history. He's just the fourth St. Thomas player in the last 40 years to claim MIAC meet medalist honors.

In winning his first MIAC tournament medalist honor, Herb made it 10 fall rounds so far this fall where he has scored under par, including five rounds in the 60s. His 14 birdies over the two-day competitions led the event, and he was 9-under on par-5 holes.

 

Team Effort

Sophomore Jack Nasby -- who broke into the lineup the previous week -- started with a 77 but closed with Monday rounds of 72 and 71 to tie for third place at 220.

Ben Frazzini (77-77-72/226) tied for 11th place; Ben Kisla (81-73-73/227) placed 13th; and Peder Larson 77-75-81/233 tied for 25th. 

In six fall competitions so far, St. Thomas' team stroke average is just under 293, a school-record pace.

St. Thomas closes its fall schedule next weekend in Florida as it competes in the elite Golfweek Invitational.

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Sunday story

Gustavus has a slight lead, but St. Thomas is among four pursuers all within five shots after Sunday's opening 18 holes of the MIAC Men's Golf Championships in Jordan, Minn.

No. 25-ranked Gustavus (301), No. 11 St. Thomas (305), No. 14 St. John's (305), Concordia (305) and Augsburg (306) hold the first five spots in the 10-team tournament.

The teams will play 36 holes on Monday to close the tourney, and the team winner will receive an automatic spot into the May 2020 NCAA tournament.

Tommie senior All-America Emmet Herb shot two-over 74 and sits tied for third out of 50 players in the medalist chase.

Ben Frazzini, Jack Nasby and Peder Larson shot 77s. Ben Kisla posted an 81.

 

Saturday story

Heavy rain and standing water in places on the golf course in Jordan, Minn., has forced postponement of the opening 18 holes of the MIAC Men's Golf Championships.

The 54-hole tournament will shift to 18 holes on Sunday and 36 holes on Monday. The winner gets the conference's automatic berth into the May 2020 NCAA tournament.

St. Thomas has won the league tournament two years in a row. The No. 11-ranked Tommies, No. 25-ranked Gustavus and No. 14 St. John's lead the pre-meet contenders.