St. Thomas Men Go Wire-to-wire to Defend MIAC Title
October 7, 2018
JORDAN, Minn. – Led by Emmet Herb and Peder Larson during Sunday’s final round of the 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship at the Ridges at Sand Creek, the University of St. Thomas carded a final-round team score of 293 to successfully defend as conference champions.
The Tommies posted a 54-hole total of 18-over par 882 to beat Gustavus Adolphus and Augsburg College by four strokes, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships next spring.
Sunday's conference championship win marks the sixth time the Tommies have finished at least second at the conference meet over the last ten seasons, including three victories.
Sharing the opening round lead with St. Olaf College with a round of 291, St. Thomas carded a round of 298 and would take a two-stroke lead into the final round over Augsburg.
Junior Emmet Herb, from Middleton, Wis., carded a 2-under 70 during the opening round Saturday and followed it with a round of 71 during Sunday’s second round. Herb overcame an early double-bogey start to the final round Sunday, finishing his front nine at even par before carding a single bogey over his final nine holes to finish in a tie for second with Bethel University’s Noah Bragg at 2-under 214.
Sophomore Peder Larson, Medina, Minn., opened the championship with a 1-under 71 Saturday, but struggled during the second round Sunday, shooting a 6-over par 77 to drop into eighth place with one round to play.
Carding one birdie against one bogey over his opening nine during the final round Sunday, Larson rolled in his birdie look at his 16th hole to finish with another round of 71 to place fifth at 219.
Gustavus freshman Jacob Pedersen, a prep standout at Minnetonka High School, was the tournament’s only player to card three consecutive rounds below par, firing a 71 during the final round Sunday to earn medalist honors with a four-stroke victory at 6-under 210.
2018 MIAC MEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
RIDGES AT SAND CREEK
6,921 YARDS, PAR 72
SUNDAY’S FINAL TEAM RESULTS
1. St. Thomas, 291-298-293—882
T2. Gustavus Adolphus, 307-291-288—886
T2. Augsburg College, 298-293-295—886
4. St. John’s Univ., 301-299-297—897
5. St. Olaf College, 291-304-308—903
6. Bethel University, 305-311-294—910
7. Concordia College-St. Paul, 309-302-304—915
8. St. Mary’s Univ., 316-311-308—935
9. Carleton College, 318-311-311—940
10. Macalester College, 340-352-325—1017
SUNDAY’S FINAL INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
1. Jacob Pedersen, Gustavus Adolphus, 70-69-71—210
T2. Noah Bragg, Bethel Univ., 73-71-70—214
T2. Emmet Herb, St. Thomas, 70-71-73—214
4. Brett Buckingham, Augsburg College, 70-72-75—217
5. Peder Larson, St. Thomas, 71-77-71—219
T6. Matt Wahl, St. John’s, 73-74-73—220
T6. Dakota Krech, Augsburg College, 78-73-69—220
8. Max Ullan, Gustavus Adolphus, 77-73-71—221
9. Jon Espe, Bethel Univ., 71-79-72—222
10. David Schneider, St. John’s, 76-75-72—223
For complete tournament results go to: http://results.golfstat.com/public/leaderboards/gsnav.cfm?pg=team&tid=16899