“This was the first time in years that we were able to take advantage of our home course,” Gustavus Head Coach Scott Moe said. “We talked about it all spring, the importance of knowing that we needed to come away with a victory. I think the guys were very prepared for it.”
Jimmy Hutchings of UW-Eau Claire won the event by progressively posting lower rounds throughout the tournament. Hutchings shot a 72-71-69-212 (E), winning the invitational by three strokes over Gustavus’ Simon Erlandsson who tallied a 74-68-73-215 (+3). The Saint John’s duo of Dennis Granath and Drew Lynch, along with Gustie Tyler McMorrow, tied for third with a total of 217 (+5).
Gustavus posted the best individual rounds of the tournament as Erlandsson, McMorrow and Alex Kolquist each shot a round of 68 (-2), marking the first sub-70 rounds of the season. Kolquist finished in a tie for ninth after shooting a 77-68-74-219 (+7).
“That was huge to come up with those scores from them,” Moe acknowledged. “We needed some red numbers. It was a very good field, a lot of teams highly ranked and those guys really stepped it up.”
Three other Gusties cracked the top-20. Trevor Gervais marked his card with a 71-77-74-222 (+10) for 14th, Andrew Oakes tallied a 75-74-76-225 (+13) for 18th and Coby Rowley also tied for 18th with a 76-73-76-225 (+13).
The 18-hole total of 283 in the second round for Gustavus also marked the lowest 18-hole total by the Three Crowns since last year’s Bobby Krig Invite. That total is tied for eighth best in the history of the program.
Gustavus will wrap up the regular season next weekend at the Saint John’s Invitational held in Monticello, Minn. and St. Cloud, Minn.