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ISSUE 121 VOL 18 PUBLISHED 4/25/2008

Men's golf continues spring roll

By Matthew Simenstad
Contributing Writer

Friday, April 25, 2008

The men's golf team had a very good showing at the Bobby Krig Invitational tournament Monday and Tuesday, finishing sixth out of 20 teams and just two shots behind fifth-place finisher University of Wisconsin-Stout.

The tournament was held at The Ridges at Sand Creek in Le Seur, Minn. Each team played 36 holes on the first day of competition and finished with another 18 on Tuesday. St. John's won with a total combined score of 871, 23 over par.

After keeping things close through the first two rounds, Gustavus lost 16 shots to the victors in the final round and finished in second with 896, followed by Luther College in third with 911.

Bror Herrick '09 led the way for the Oles with rounds of 80, 76 and 76 for a total of 220, finishing in a four-way tie for 22nd overall.

Chris Conklin '11 also played well and finished one shot behind Herrick with rounds of 75, 76 and 82. Mack Traynor '09 opened with a 72 in the first round, and followed it with rounds of 80 and 84 to finish tied for 29th.

The Bobby Krig was just the second tournament of the spring season for the team, which plays its conference schedule in the fall.

The Oles showed marked improvement from last year, finishing fourth at the MIAC Championships in October and shooting 44 shots better than last yea

The team has two tournaments this weekend before concluding their spring schedule with the St. Olaf Invitational at the Summit Golf Club in Canon Falls, Minn.

With just two seniors on the roster, third-year coach Glen Peterson '79 will bring a promising young group of players into next year's conference schedule.

Traynor and Herrick have made significant contributions since their first years and will work on their games this summer in preparation for their senior campaign, where they will be called on to provide valuable leadership and experience, according to Peterson.

This weekend's tournaments will be Augsburg and St. John's, on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

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