Knights take second place at Twin Cities Classic
EDINA, Minn — The Carleton College golf team finished second out of 18 teams at the Twin Cities Classic. The Knights finished the three-day, 54-hole tournament with a team score of 936 (+62), a huge improvement from their seventh-place finish at the same tournament last year.
After the first day of the tournament at Elk River Country Club, the Knights were fourth with a score of 301 (+13). Despite inopportune windy conditions, the team recorded 314 (+26) on Sunday and 311 (+23) on Monday to move into second place overall, behind only Saint John’s University (886, +22), which receives votes in the latest Golfweek Division III Coaches Poll.
Sunday’s action took place at The Links in Northfork, while the final round was contested at Edina Country Club.
The teams were tight at the top of the standings. Carleton finished one stroke ahead of Luther College and the University of Augsburg (927, +63) and two strokes ahead of Gustavus Adolphus (938, +64), who is also receiving votes in the coaches’ poll.
Paving the way for the Knights was in second year ryan choi (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) with an overall score of +12 (228). Choi improved from a 76(+4) and 78(+6) on Saturday and Sunday with three birdies while shooting a 74(+2) on Monday to improve 11 spots in the standings and eventually tie for eighth out of 107 players in the field.
“We’ve struggled the past few days,” said the team’s co-captain Jacques Berger (Sr./Los Altos Hills, Calif./Gunn), “but things are looking up.” Berger came next with an overall finish in 15th place. Berger had a total score of 231 (+15), tying Choi on Day 1 with a 76 (+4). Sunday and Monday, Berger finished with a 77 (+5) and 78 (+6).
Anderson Murphy (Sr./Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades) followed close behind Berger, carding 232 (+16) over the three days. Murphy started the tournament strong with a team-best five birdies en route to an even par 72 in the first round. It closed with 80 (+8) on Sunday and Monday. He totaled 10 birdies at the event, tied for fifth from the field.
Eldon Spencer (Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) tied for 25th. The senior improved over the weekend posting 79-79-77 (235, +19).
Likewise, the first year Gordon Walker (St. Louis, Mo./MICDS) recorded scores of 82-82-79 (243, +27).
To be continued for the knights
Carleton will compete in the MIAC Golf Championships to be held October 1-3 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.