Emmet Herb

Middleton's Emmet Herb, center, poses with his St. Thomas (Minn.) University teammates Monday after winning the 2019 MIAC Championship for the third year in a row.

For Emmet Herb, Sunday and Monday were all about golf. (And Monday was about a lot of golf.)

Tuesday and Wednesday, though? It was all about Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's golf history and his place in it.

The St. Thomas (Minn.) senior from Middleton, honored Wednesday as the MIAC golfer of the week for the fifth time during his career, two days earlier became the just the fourth Tommies golfer in the last 40 years to earn medalist honors at the MIAC Championship. St. Thomas shot 289-284 in Monday's 36-hole finale and won its third consecutive conference title by 14 shots over Gustavus Adolphus.  

"The 'three-peat' is huge," Herb wrote in a text message to Wisconsin.golf. "I think we have only won four times since 1980 so to be a part of three championships in a row is incredible."

Indeed, Herb went to bed Monday night exhausted but happy. Very happy.

Herb led a Tommies comeback from a four-shot deficit by shooting 69-68 in a 36-hole finale caused by the postponement of Saturday's opening round due to bad weather. His 5-under-par 211 total, good for a seven-shot victory over Jacob Pedersen of Gustavus Adolphus, was the second-lowest score in MIAC history.

"It was a long day, 10-plus hours, but everyone had to play it so I just kept focusing on the shot I had," Herb wrote. "My first hole of the day, I started on the hardest hole on the course (the 452-yard, par-4 ninth hole) and got up-and-down from 78 yards for par. After that, I new there were a bunch of par-5s that I could take advantage of so getting off to a start with a par was huge."

Herb birdied three of the four par-5s in the morning session of the final round, the last at the 518-yard seventh hole leading to back-to-back birdies when he made another on the 430-yard eighth hole to finish. Herb kept it going in the afternoon, parring No. 9 to start and making a birdie on the 600-yard, par-5 10th hole to start his round and making the turn in 3-under 33 after an eagle 3 at No. 18.

He and his teammates, meanwhile, opened an eight-stroke advantage after their morning 289 and kept pulling away in the afternoon in blustery conditions.

"I’m so proud of the way my teammates battled all weekend in the cold and high winds," said Herb, whose team's 284 in the final round set a MIAC record for the lowest-final round score in the event and was the second-lowest score overall behind the Tommies' 283 in the first round of the 2017 championship.

For Herb, meanwhile, his finish gave him 10 rounds under par this fall and five rounds in the 60. His victory was the second of the fall among seven top-10s in eight starts to the first half of his senior season.

"The individual win is validation that I’m doing the right things," Herb wrote. "But I just kept trying to make birdies in order to make up our first day deficit and make it as hard as possible for us to get beat."


Team/Player Leaderboard
Ridges at Sand Creek - 2019 MIAC Men's Championships Par: 72 Yardage: 6908
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Oct 5-7, 2019
Pos. Team/Player (seed) Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Total
1 St. Thomas, Univ of-MN 305 289 284 878
1 Emmet Herb (1) 74 69 68 211
T3 Jack Nasby (3) 77 72 71 220
T11 Ben Frazzini (2) 77 77 72 226
13 Ben Kisla (4) 81 73 73 227
T25 Peder Larson (5) 77 75 81 233
2 Gustavus Adolphus 301 301 290 892
2 Jacob Pedersen (2) 74 75 69 218
T5 Max Ullan (1) 73 78 70 221
14 Ben Hauge (3) 77 75 76 228
T15 Carter Czichotzki (5) 77 77 75 229
T25 Khrystjan Petersen (4) 83 74 76 233
3 St. John's (MN) 305 300 291 896
T3 Preston Kopel (1) 77 73 70 220
T8 David Schneider (2) 74 77 73 224
T8 Charlie Stuck (4) 75 75 74 224
T15 Matt Wahl (3) 79 76 74 229
T23 Matt Lutz (5) 79 76 77 232
4 Augsburg College 306 297 309 912
T5 River Goodmanson (3) 74 73 74 221
T15 Harrison Cooper (2) 76 72 81 229
T15 Gavin Metz (4) 78 76 75 229
T25 Brett Buckingham (1) 78 76 79 233
T39 Gunnar Goodmanson (5) 80 78 84 242
5 Concordia College - MN 305 300 309 914
7 Gage Stromme (1) 73 74 75 222
T15 Tyler Bossert (5) 78 74 77 229
T20 Mason Opheim (3) 76 75 79 230
T25 Blake Kahlbaugh (2) 78 77 78 233
43 Nate Longtin (4) 79 80 90 249
6 Bethel University (MN) 319 308 303 930
T11 Jon Espe (1) 77 75 74 226
22 Noah Frobom (4) 79 76 76 231
T31 Michael Piehler (2) 81 76 77 234
T36 Jake Roane (5) 82 81 76 239
T49 Spencer Kronbeck (3) 87 83 84 254
7 St. Olaf College 321 308 308 937
10 Casey Parker (2) 79 73 73 225
T20 Noah Parker (1) 75 79 76 230
T25 Ben Johnson (4) 82 72 79 233
T44 Seth Johnson (5) 85 84 83 252
T49 Cooper Lukenda (3) 89 85 80 254
8 St. Mary's Univ.(MN) 326 315 298 939
T25 Bryce Galewski (1) 78 79 76 233
T31 Cooper Craiger (2) 82 82 70 234
33 Joe Abdo (3) 78 80 78 236
38 Blair Sanders (4) 88 74 78 240
42 Alex Allen (5) 89 82 74 245
9 Carleton College 321 310 312 943
T23 Anderson Murphy (2) 80 78 74 232
34 James Berger (1) 86 75 76 237
35 Eldon Spencer (4) 79 76 83 238
T39 Peter Gullickson (3) 81 81 80 242
T44 Gabe Nass (5) 81 89 82 252
10 Macalester College 340 316 317 973
T36 Alex Johanson (1) 84 77 78 239
T39 Jason Shi (2) 86 77 79 242
T44 Karanja Karubiu (4) 85 82 85 252
T47 Jim Smith (3) 85 80 88 253
T47 Ethan Deutsch (5) 93 85 75 253

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