The Gustavus Adolphus men’s golf team bettered its first round score by five strokes Sunday at the 2006 MIAC Men’s Golf Championships, but so did first-round leader Saint John’s, giving the Johnnies (294-289–583) an 18-stroke cushion heading into the final day of the league meet at Bunker Hills G.C. in Coon Rapids. The Gusties (303-298–601) lead Augsburg (303-303–606) by five strokes.
Gustavus’ Jordan Hawkinson (Jr., Lindstrom, Minn.) fired the round of the tournament to this point on Sunday with a 70 to move into a tie for third place individually with teammate Erik Tone (Sr., Willmar, Minn.). At 2-over-par 146, Hawkinson (76-70) and Tone (73-73) are each four shots back of individual leader Joe Schoolmeesters of Saint John’s, who has posted back-to-back scores of 71.
Eric Harris (Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.), who was tied for second after day one with a 73, fired a second-round 77 and sits at 150, eight strokes off the pace. Mark Stuckey (Jr., St. Peter, Minn.) and Arie DeGrio (Jr., Grand Rapids, Minn.) each cut three strokes off their first round scores on Sunday, but remain off the pace. Stuckey is tied for 25th at 81-78–159, while DeGrio is tied for 38th at 85-82–167.
Saint John’s has all five of its players in the top 11 on the leaderboard, including defending MIAC Championship medalist Joe Daly in 11th at 79-73–152.
Monday’s third-and-final round begins at 9 a.m. at Bunker Hills.