The Gustavus Adolphus men’s golf team came storming back on the final day of competition at the Twin Cities Classic to finish in a tie for second place with St. Cloud State University. The Gusties recorded a three-day score of 893 (+29) after firing a 298 on day three. Illinois Welsleyan won the tournament with an 882 (+18), shooting a 299 on day three and holding on to its first place spot after the second day of competition. The Twin Cities classic was held at the Elk River Country Club in Elk River, Minn. on Oct. 9, Links at Northfork in Ramsey, Minn. on Oct. 10, and Wayzata Country Club in Wayzata, Minn. on Oct. 11.
The Gusties had a rough start to the tournament, finishing in 10th place with a 306 (+18) after day one. Head Coach Scott Moe’s squad battled back in day two, shooting a 289 to finish in fourth place with a 595 (+19). The Gusties capped off the tournament with a team-low 298 on the final day.
Alex Kolquist was the top Gustavus golfer in the tournament. He shot a 216 to finish at even par, tying for second place with Carthage’s Anthony Burdi. Kolquist’s low round came on day two when he notched a 67. Winning the tournament was Justin Johnson of Bemidji State University. Johnson fired a 68-75-71 for a total of 214 (-2). He was the only golfer in the tournament to finish under par.
Also breaking into the top-10 for Gustavus was Tyler McMorrow. McMorrow shot a 221 (+5) to finish in eighth place with a low round of 73 on days two and three. Simon Erlandsson added a 20th place finish after shooting 226 (+10), while Andrew Oakes and Trevor Gervais rounded out the Gustavus first team in 37th (230) and 42nd (232), respectively.
“We had a good finish,” said Head Coach Scott Moe. “The guys battled hard and it was a good way to close out the tournament.”
The highest MIAC finishers included Saint John’s Blue in sixth (912), Concordia in seventh (915), and St. Thomas in eighth (920).
Gustavus black ended the tournament in 13th after recording a 938 (+74). Top finishers from Gustavus’s second team and individual competitors included Matt Jensen, Jon Husu, and Alex Pederson. Jensen finished 31st (229), and Husu and Pederson both finished in 47th (235).