The Gustavus men’s golf team trailed defending champion Saint John’s by five strokes heading into the final round of the MIAC Championships, however the Gusties recorded their finest round of the fall season (288) and finished eight shots ahead of the runner-up Johnnies to claim the 2007 MIAC Team Championship. Gustavus freshman Ajeetesh Sandhu fired a 72 on the final day and finished first individually with a 36-hole total of 74-71-72–217 (+1). The tournament was played at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Gustavus saved its best for last firing an even par round of 288 giving them a 54-hole total of 291-301-288–880 (+16). The Gusties were led on the final day by senior Kyle Rohlfs who posted a one-under par 71. Rohlfs was followed by Sandhu and senior Eric Harris, who fired rounds of even par 72, and senior Jordan Hawkinson, who recorded a one-over par 73. Senior Mark Stuckey rounded out the Gustie scoring with a 79. Gustavus’ team score of 288 ties a school record for best round at a MIAC Championship (the Gusties also posted a score of 288 at the MIAC Championships in 1997).
First year standout Ajeetesh Sandhu became the 15th golfer from Gustavus to claim medalist honors at the MIAC Championships, however he is the first Gustie since 1998. The fifteen Gustavus golfers have claimed medalist honors 22 times since 1976.
All five of the Gustavus golfers finished in the top 20 (out of 50 golfers) including Sandhu (1st), Jordan Hawkinson (3rd-tie, 70-78-73–221), Eric Harris (3rd-tie, 73-76-72–221), Kyle Rohlfs (13th-tie, 79-76-71–226), and Mark Stuckey (19th-tie, 74-78-79–231).
By virtue of winning the MIAC Championship, the Gusties earn an automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Championship, which will take place May 13-16 at a site yet to be determined.