2003 Men’s Golf Preview

Posted on September 11th, 2003 by

The 2003 Gustavus men’s golf team returns three players from a squad that won the MIAC Championship last October and finished sixth at the NCAA Championships last May. In addition, Head Coach Scott Moe welcomes back four letterwinners eager to earn a spot in the top five and a very talented freshman class that includes Josh Segal, from Eagan, who finished fifth in the Class AA Minnesota State High School Tournament last spring.

The core of the squad will be seniors Neil Johnson, Luke Benoit and Brent Borgstahl. Johnson finished second at the MIAC Championships last fall and fourth at the NCAA Championships last spring. He is a three-time All-American for the Gusties. Benoit, who was gone last fall to study in India, returned in the spring and finished 12th at the national tournament. He received honorable mention All-America honors in 2002 and was a second team All-American last year. Borgstahl, earned All-Conference honors last year with a fifth place finish at the MIAC Championships and then placed 74th at the NCAA Championships. Upperclassmen battling to work their way into the top five include junior Brady Hoffman (80.0 stroke average), senior Charlie Seitzer, (79.5 stroke average), senior Josh Thimjon, (77.6 stroke average), and senior Ryan Morse, (80.3 stroke average). In addition, Coach Moe has brought in an impressive recruiting class that includes several individuals who may be able to work their way into the lineup. That group includes Jeremy and Josh Segal of Eagan, Minn., Chase Thonvold of Willmar, Minn., Tony Oberle of LeSueur, Minn., Nicholas Greve of Annandale, Minn. and Brian Zard of Caledonia, Minn.

The squads fall schedule will include competition against many of the top teams in the midwest and in the country. The team will take part in the UW-Eau Claire Invite and Twin Cities Classic in September and the MIAC Championships and the Division III Gordin Classic in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in early October.

<a href="http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/athletics/mg/archives/2002-03/stats.cfm"2002-03 Stats

General Information
Name: Gustavus Adolphus College
Location: St. Peter, Minn.
Founded: 1862
Enrollment: 2,540
Nickname: Golden Gusties
Affiliation: NCAA Division III
President: Jim Peterson
Athletic Director: Al Molde
Athletic Phone: (507) 933-7617

First Year of Golf: 1934
NCAA National Qualfications as a team:19
Last NCAA National Championship Appearance as a team: 2003/Sixth

Sports Information
Sports Information Director: Tim Kennedy
Work Phone: (507) 933-7647
E-mail: timgasid@gustavus.edu
Asst. Sports Information Director: Nick Huber
Work Phone: (507) 933-8411
E-mail: nhuber@gustavus.edu
SID Fax: (507) 933-8412
Web site: http://www.gustavus.edu/oncampus/athletics/mg

Coaching Staff
Head Coach: Scott Moe
Alma Mater/Year: Gustavus Adolphus/1995
Year at Gustavus: Eighth
Head Coach’s Office Phone: (507) 933-7610

Player Information

All Returning Letterwinners
Neil Johnson (SR, River Falls, WI)
Luke Benoit (SR, Faribault, MN)
Brent Borgstahl (SR, St. Peter, MN)

Letterwinners Lost
Dan Suedbeck
Jake Sand
AJ Hoffman

Key Newcomers
Josh Segal, FY, Eagan, MN (5th in 2003 Class AA State Tournament)
Chase Thonvold, Willmar, MN (Participated in 2003 Class AA State Tournament)

Letterwinners returning:
Letterwinners lost: 3
Top Five Returning: 3
Top Five Lost: 2

2003 Fall Schedule
9/13-14 St. John’s Invitational
9/21-22 UW-Eau Claire Invitational
10/3-4 MIAC Championships
10/12-13 Gordin Collegiate Classic

2002-03 Fall/Spring Results
9/14-15 St. John’s Invite 3rd out of 19
9/22-23 UW-Eau Claire Invite 4th out of 12
9/28-30 TWIN CITIES CLASSIC 5th out of 21
10/4-5 MIAC Championships 1st out of 10
10/12-13 Gordin Classic 12th out of 12

4/12-13 Wartburg Invite 1st out of 19
4/18-19 Buena Vista Invite 2nd out of 18
4/21 St. John’s/St. Cloud State Invite 2nd out of 20
4/28-29 GUSTAVUS SPRING INVITE 2nd out of 9
5/12-15 NCAA Championships 6th out of 22


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