2004 Men’s Golf Preview

Posted on September 8th, 2004 by

Last year, the Gustavus men’s golf team ran the table winning the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) title in the fall and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) title in the spring. However, this year the Gusties will have a completely different look as only one player from last year’s NCAA Championship squad returns.

Brady Hoffman (Senior, Owatonna, Minn.) is the lone player returning from the NCAA Championship team. Head Coach Scott Moe will look to him for leadership. “Brady knows what it took to win the national title and understands how important each shot is throughout a round. His experience is invaluable and he’ll be looked to for leadership from day one.” Other key returnees are Jon Hagedorn (Junior, Blue Earth, Minn.) and Erik Tone (Sophomore, Willmar, Minn.). Hagedorn was an all-conference player for the Gusties in 2002 and has valuable tournament experience. Coach Moe felt that Tone has had a solid summer and has the potential to break into the line up this fall. Clayton Johnson (Junior, Anoka, Minn.), a transfer from Minneapolis Community College, is also expected to have an impact this season. Johnson placed in the top five at nationals for Minneapolis Community College the past two years.

The Gusties will face conference rivals St. John’s and St. Thomas in every tournament this fall. Gustavus will open the year at the St. John’s Invitational on September 18-19. Coach Moe’s squad will then compete in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational on September 26-27 and will host the Twin Cities Classic on October 2-4. The UW-Eau Claire Invite and the Twin Cities Classic will be great tests for the Gusties as they will compete against the top seven teams in the region at both events. Gustavus will wrap up the season at the conference tournament on October 9-10 in search of its third consecutive conference title.

General Information
Name: Gustavus Adolphus College
Location: St. Peter, Minn.
Founded: 1862
Enrollment: 2,525
Nickname: Golden Gusties
School Colors: Black and Gold
Affiliation: NCAA Div. III
President: Jim Peterson
Athletic Director: Al Molde
Athletic Phone: (507) 933-7617

First year of golf: 1970
NCAA National Qualifications as a team: 14
Last NCAA National Championship Appearance as a team: 2004 / 1st

Sports Information
Sports Info Director: Tim Kennedy
Work Phone: (507) 933-7647
Email: timgasid@gustavus.edu
Sports Information Men’s Golf Contact: Mike Wilson
Work Phone: (507) 933-8411
Email: mwilson@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: Scott Moe / 1995
Year at Gustavus: 9
Head Coach’s office phone: (507) 933-7610

Player Information

All Returning Letterwinners
Brady Hoffman (SR, Owatonna, MN)

Letterwinners Lost
Luke Benoit (Faribault, MN)
Brent Borgstahl (St. Peter, MN)
Neil Johnson (River Falls, WI)
Chase Thonvold (Willmar, MN)

Key Newcomers
Clayton Johnson (JR, Anoka, MN)

Letterwinners returning: Total: 1
Letterwinners lost: Total: 4
Top Five Returning: 1
Top Five Lost: 4

2004 Schedule
Sep 18-Sep 19, 2004 at St. John’s Invite
Sep 26-Sep 27, 2004 at UW-Eau Claire
Oct 2-Oct 4, 2004 Twin Cities Classic
Oct 9-Oct 10, 2004 at MIAC Championships

2003 Results
Sept. 13-14 St. John’s Invite 1st of 16
Sept. 21-22 UW-Eau Claire Invite 2nd of 14
Sept. 27-29 Twin Cities Classic 2nd of 22
Oct. 3-4 MIAC Championships 1st of 10
Oct. 12-13 Wilson Gordin Collegiate Classic 2nd of 12


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