Matt Jensen, Gustavus
Edina, Minn. / Edina
Gustavus hosted its annual Twin Cities Classic over the weekend and got a standout performance from one of its senior leaders to help the Gusties finish fourth in the talented field. Gustavus’ Matt Jensen (Edina, Minn.) earned a tie for second place with a three-day total of 222 (8-over-par) thanks largely to an exceptionally clutch final round. For his career-best performance, Jensen was named the MIAC Men’s Golf Athlete-of-the-Week.
Jensen started the TCC with a 3-over 75 Saturday, then followed with a 5-over 77 Sunday, and sat in 22nd place following the tournament’s first 36 holes. However, Jensen regrouped with his best round of the season – an even-par 70 – at Le Sueur Country Club Monday to rocket up the leader board into a tie for second place, individually. The runner-up finish is the best of Jensen’s collegiate career, and equaled the best finish by a MIAC player in the 100-golfer field. In 10 rounds this season, Jensen is averaging 76.4 strokes, which is the 13th best average in the MIAC. Jensen has a pair of top-five finishes this season.
The Gusties and Jensen hope to keep the good times rolling this weekend, as they enter the 2013 MIAC Golf Championships as the defending champions. The three-day, 54-hole conference championship tournament will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. The first two rounds begin at 11:20 a.m., with Monday’s final round teeing off at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will conclude the tournament Monday afternoon.
Sam Falk, Gustavus
Glenwood, Minn. / Minnewaska
The Gustavus women’s golf team continued its successful season at its home Gustavus Fall Invitational over the weekend, with star Sam Falk (Glenwood, Minn./Minnewaska) again leading the way with a great individual performance. The junior turned in her second-straight top-two finish over the weekend while leading her team to a first-place showing. For her performance, Falk was named the MIAC Women’s Golf Athlete-of-the-Week.
The tournament started Saturday in Le Sueur, Minn., with a tremendous round from Falk, as she was 4-over par (77) with the best score over the first 18 holes. Windy conditions pulled up Sunday’s scores, with Falk registering an 86 to finish with a two-day total of 163 and a tie for second place individually. Gustavus shot a 668 as a team (330-338) to finish first. Falk’s second-place showing came a week after winning the College City Classic. This fall, Falk is averaging 80.1 shots per round, which is the fourth-best average in the MIAC. She has two top-five finishes, three in the top 10 and four in the top 20 in five tournament appearances.
Falk and the Gusties hope to keep their hot streaks alive this weekend as they compete at the 2013 MIAC Golf Championship. The three-day, 54-hole conference championship tournament will be held Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. The first two rounds begin at 11:20 a.m., with Monday’s final round teeing off at 9 a.m. An awards ceremony will conclude the tournament Monday afternoon.