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ISSUE 119 VOL 4 PUBLISHED 10/7/2005

Men round out fall at MIACs

By Mendi Destrange
Contributing Writer

Friday, October 7, 2005

The St. Olaf’ men'’s golf team finished ninth this week at the MIAC Championships held at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn.

The Oles’' top finisher was Mack Traynor ’'09, who finished with a score of 80 on both Saturday and Sunday, earning him a tie for 26th overall. Bob Hunter ‘'08 and Brian DeLaitsch '‘07 followed Traynor with overall scores of 164 and 166, respectively, on the par-72, 6901-yard course.

St. John’'s University won the 36-hole tournament, finishing 20 strokes over par, while Gustavus Adolphus College (+31) and Augsburg College (+38) finished second and third in the ten-team field. St. Olaf finished ninth with a +84 performance, finishing ahead of cross-town rival Carleton College.

Three of St. John’'s University's players finished in the top five. Overall, Joe Daly was the only player to finish the tournament under par, with rounds of 73 on Saturday and 69 on Sunday. Gustavus golfers Jordan Hawkinson and Clayton Johnson finished tied for second with scores of 147 (+3), while Kyle Frederickson of St. John’'s finished third with a score of 149 (+5).

The Oles entered Sunday tied for seventh but struggled on the tournament’'s final day.

"It was by far the toughest course we’ve faced, as the greens were especially fast," Traynor said. "We did okay on Saturday, but none of us were able to get off to a fast start on Sunday." The golf team will finish the fall season this weekend at the Twin Cities Classic Invitational. The 54-hole tournament runs from Saturday through Monday at the Elk River Country Club and will include many of the finest teams from the greater metro area.

"We'’re still a young team, but hopefully we'’ll be able to have a strong performance next week," Traynor said. "That would give us some much-needed momentum heading into the offseason. Hopefully our experiences from the fall season will allow us to play at a more consistent level in the spring.”

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