MONTICELLO/ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Carleton College men’s golf team continued its gradual improvement last weekend at the Saint John's Spring Invitational held at the Monticello and St. Cloud country clubs. The Knights posted a team score of 966, which bettered the Carleton record score in the event by 10 shots. Brian Chesley (So./Mankato, Minn./West) led the way with scores of 74, 76, and 84 for a 20-over par 234. His supporting cast backed him up admirably, led by Turner Wadington's (Jr./St. Charles, Ill./Elgin Academy) 238, as the Knights posted scores of 86 or better in a single tournament for the first time in the last several years.
Overall, the Knights finished 15th of 16 teams at the competitive event. Gustavus Adolphus College took home the title with a team score of 864.
All of Carleton’s golfers finished within 20 places of each other, with Chesley taking 55th and Wadington close behind him in 59th. Wadington matched Chesley’s second-round 76 and shot a team-best 79 in the final round to finish 24-over par.
Ted Harrington (So./Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland), Brian Gilmore (Jr./Edina, Minn.), and Aaron Buckley (Fy./San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker School) rounded out the team’s scoring with finishes of 67th, 70th, and 75th, respectively.
With this performance coming on the heels of their best-ever showing last week in the Gustavus Invitational and second-best-ever showing in the MIAC Championship last fall, there is reason to be optimistic about the Knights’ continued improvement. Carleton plays St. Olaf College in Wednesday’s traditional “Rusty Putter Match” at Northfield Golf Club. The Knights will travel to Winona on Saturday to take on Saint Mary’s University at noon. Both dual matches will be played in a unique Ryder Cup format.