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."