Coon Rapids, Minn. — The Saint John’s University men and the Gustavus Adolphus College women lead the MIAC Golf Championships after Day 1 of the 54-hole, three-day event at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.
Saint John’s University will enter Day 2 of the MIAC Men’s Championship with a four stroke lead over Gustavus Adolphus College and a five shot lead over the University of St. Thomas. The Johnnies shot an opening round 293 (+5), the Gusties fired a 297 (+9), and the Tommies finished with a 294 (+10) on a cold and wet Saturday. St. Olaf College, Macalester College, and Concordia are tightly bunched in spots four, five, and six. The Oles shot 309 (+21), the Scots had a 310 (+22), and Concordia had a 311 (+23).
Gustavus Adolphus College leads the MIAC Women’s Championship after the Gusties shot a 332 (+44) on Saturday and will enter Sunday with a nine stroke lead over the University of St. Thomas who shot a 341 (+53). Carleton College and the College of Saint Benedict fired identical rounds of 347 (+59) to sit in a tie for third. St. Olaf College will enter tomorrow in fifth place after shooting 348 (+60).
Saint John’s first-year Mark Giorgi leads all men’s individuals with a three-under par 69. The Gustavus duo of Alex Kolquist and A.J. Olson are one stroke off the lead after shooting 70 each. Saint John’s Tony Krogen and St. Thomas’ James Stafford sit three strokes back after firing even-par 72 on Day 1.
St. Thomas’ Amy Anderson and Saint Mary’s University’s Gia Puch each shot 79 (+7) to tie for the lead after the first day of the women’s competition. Gustavus’ Katie Schenfeld is in third place, one stroke back, with a 80 (+8). Gustavus’ Taylor Drenttel and Carleton’s Laura Knutson are tied for fourth only two strokes off the pace after opening with scores of 81 (+9).
The three-day, 54-hole championships continue tomorrow with the first pairings teeing off at 11:28 a.m. The MIAC Golf Championship website will again feature live scoring for the men’s and women’s championship tomorrow. (story courtesy of Matt TenHaken of MIAC Office)