Jackson Gerber, Sports Editor
The men’s golf team wrapped up their fall season this past weekend, finishing fourth in the MIAC Championship tournament.
The three-day tournament was trimmed to two days, as inclement weather pushed the first round from Saturday to Sunday and forced the final two rounds to be played on Monday. At the end of round one, the Auggies finished in fifth place, but were only separated from the top team by five strokes. Individually, Augsburg had four of their five golfers finish in the top half of the 50-player tournament. First year River Goodmanson was the top golfer on the day, sitting in a tie for third with a two-over-par 74 first round.
Rounds two and three saw a lot of movement on the leaderboard throughout the day, which ended with Augsburg finishing in fourth place, their eighth consecutive top-six finish and fourth top-four finish under head coach Eric Rolland. Goodmanson remained the top golfer for the Auggies as he finished in a tie for fifth place, putting him in the All Tournament team and receiving all MIAC honors. He is the fourth first-year to receive All MIAC honors in school history, and his performance puts him as one of the front-runners for Rookie of the Year this spring at the Auggie Awards. Senior Harrison Cooper and first year Gavin Metz finished in a tie for 15th on the weekend. For Cooper, this is the fourth consecutive year finishing in the top 25 of the MIAC tournament, proving he was one of the most consistent golfers in his Augsburg Career. Fellow Senior Brett Buckingham finished in a tie for 30th for the tournament. The former co-medalist in 2017 finished the season as the season’s stroke average leader for the Auggies. Gunnar Goodmanson wrapped up the scoring with a 39th place finish.
The golf season will take a bit of a hiatus as the snow falls over the winter, but they will be back on the links next spring.
This article was originally published in the October 11, 2019 issue.