Saint John’s golf hosts two, single-round events this Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24. The SJU Winter Classic will be held Saturday (11 am) at Lynx National GC (par 72) in Sauk Center, followed by the SJU Spring Invitational on Sunday (8:30 am) at Monticello CC (par 71) in Monticello. – Live Results (Saturday) | Live Results (Sunday)
TWO TOURNEYS: The two-day SJU Spring Invitational was split into two events due to the poor weather this spring and the need for competitions.
A LOOK AT THE JOHNNIES: Saint John’s opened its spring season with a one-shot loss to No. 20 Gustavus Adolphus, 297-296, Yesterday (April 21) at the Minnesota Valley CC (par 73) in Bloomington.
The Gusties’ Jacob Pedersen and Wyatt Wasko tied for first in the 20-man field with a 2-under par 71 each.
Sophomore Glavine Schugel (New Ulm, Minn.), Junior Thomas Gutzmer (Jordan, Minn.) And sophomore Blake Schuler (Waconia, Minn.) All birdied the par-5, 600-yard no. 18 to cut GAC’s lead to one.
Schugel led the Johnnies with a 1-under par 72, including five birdies on the back nine, to finish third. The round was his ninth at or below this season.
Gutzmer finished sixth (+1, 74) and Schuler was one shot behind him in a tie for seventh (+2, 75). Schuler eagled the par-5, 556-yard no. 15.
Sophomore Nate Loxtercamp (Richmond, Minn./Melrose Area) claimed ninth with a 76 (+3), despite an eight on the par-3 No. 7, and Classmate Sam Berger (Waconia, Minn.) Double-bogeyed No. 18 for a 78 (+5).
Sophomore Parker Bartels (Oxbow, ND / Kindred) and freshman Andrew Boemer (Eagan, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) led SJU Blue (+26, 318) with a 77 (+4) to tie for 10th.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: SJU received votes in the latest Bushnell / Golfweek Division III Coaches Poll released today (April 22). Gustavus, Meanwhile, moved up one spot to No. 19.
WHO WILL BE THERE: The Johnnies (three teams) are scheduled to be joined by Augsburg, Bethel (two teams), Carleton, Concordia-Moorhead, Gustavus Adolphus (two teams), Macalester, St. Olaf, St. Scholastica, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Wisconsin Stout and Wisconsin-Superior.
LAST YEAR’S SPRING INVITE: SJU finished third out of 17 teams at last year’s spring Invitational held April 24-25 (2021). Gutzmer claimed medalist honors out of 93 golfers with a two-round total of 141 (-2). He led the 23 Johnnies with five birdies and an even-par 71 in the final round at Monticello CC
Then-No. 22 St. Thomas won the tournament with a two-day total of 583 (+11), thanks to a 4-over par 288 on the final day. Wisconsin-Eau Claire was second at 592 (+20), followed by SJU (+24, 596) and then-No. 24 Gustavus Adolphus (+30, 602).
SJU started the final round with a one-shot lead over the Tommies, but the Johnnies scored a 302 (+18) at Monticello. Schugel scored a 74 (+3) and tied with Esten Stensrud ’21 for 20th with a 151 (+8).
Saint John’s White finished fifth (+31, 603), one shot behind Gustavus, and defeated varsity teams from six MIAC schools. Berger and Classmate Max Thelen (Minneapolis, Minn./Totino-Grace) carded a 74 (+3) each on the final day to lead the fivesome. Thelen finished seventh at 146 (+3) and Berger claimed 11th at 148 (+5).
Saint John’s Blue took seventh at 615 (+43) and Saint John’s Navy was 10th (+48, 620). Charlie Stuck ’21 and senior Joe Abdo (Edina, Minn.) Each carded a 2-over for 73 for Blue at Monticello. Stuck tied for eighth with a 147 (+4) and Abdo had two shots behind in a tie for the 12th (+6, 149). Sophomore Nate Bauer (Andover, Minn.) Tied for 20th to lead Navy.
SJU’S COURSE RECORDS (since 2000)
Monticello CC, Monticello
-4 – Ryan Gallagher, Saint John’s Spring Invitational (April 26, 2015; round 1)
-4 – Casey Vangsness, Saint John’s Spring Invitational (April 22, 2011; round 1)
-4 – Matt Bohlig, St. Cloud State Dual (April 18, 2008)
-4 – Joe Schoolmeesters, St. Cloud State Dual (April 18, 2008)
-4 – Andrew Longbella, Gustavus Adolphus Dual (April 29, 2007)
Lynx National GC, Sauk Center
-4– Sam Olson, Klinkner Classic (April 22, 2018)
-3 – Casey Vangsness, St. Cloud State Dual (April 26, 2013)
-2 – Dennis Granath, St. Cloud State Dual (April 26, 2013)
-2 – Jon Koenig, Klinkner Classic (April 23, 2018)
-1 – Max ThelenConcordia-Moorhead Dual (April 10, 2021)