Tucker Weisman '08 led the way for the Oles at 226 strokes, placing 13th overall with rounds of 75, 78 and 73. Mack Traynor '09 and Billy Utter '11 also cracked the top-20, placing 16th and tied for 17th respectively. Only three strokes separated the top three for the Oles, with Traynor shooting a three-day total of 228 and Utter following one off the pace at 229.
Christopher Conklin '11 and Bror Herrick '09 rounded out the weekend for St. Olaf with scores of 233 and 238, respectively, good for 22nd and 30th place individually.
On Monday, the final day of the tournament, all five Oles broke 80 to help St. Olaf leap from sixth to fourth place.
"As a team, I could not be happier with the way we played last weekend," Weisman said. At points in the tournament, the Oles outplayed elite MIAC rivals Gustavus and St. John's.
"When we post scores better than the team that won the tournament, Gustavus, [on Sunday] and the team that won the national championship last year, St. John's, [on Monday]," Weisman added. "It shows us that we have the ability to compete at the highest level."
Saturday and Sunday brought excellent golf weather, but it wasn't until the temperature and rain dropped that the Oles made their move up the leaderboard.
"One of the best parts of the weekend was that on Monday, when a majority of the field suffered in the conditions, we actually thrived," Weisman said.
The Oles could have scored better if just a few close putts had dropped instead of lipping out. Alas, that's golf.
The men know that they have the ability to post exceptionally low scores into the spring season, where expectations will be elevated in each tournament, Weisman said. In fact, the team is already looking forward to the 2008 conference tournament.
"With four [of the five golfers] coming back next year, they have a great chance of placing in the top three and possibly winning it all," Weisman said.