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NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- The Carleton College men’s golf team lost their top scorer from last year, but the veteran squad is looking for a strong performance at the MIAC Championships. Last year, the team earned its second-best finish at the conference meet since 1983, finishing seventh overall. The Knights have struggled to play consistent golf this season, but their recent seventh-place finish at the Macalester Invitational shows signs of steady improvement.
Carleton is averaging 335.7 this season, with nine players contributing to the team total at some point. The Knights have seen very balanced scoring this season, with eight of the nine contributors having a season average of between 82.0 and 88.0.
In order to improve on their performance at last year’s MIAC Championship, the Knights will need a few players to step-up and deliver standout performances. Carleton has not announced its weekend lineup yet, but there are several names to consider.
Sophomore Jeff Berg (Wood Dale, Ill./Wheaton Academy) is leading the team in individual scoring with an 82.0 average this season. The only other sophomore on the team, Aaron Buckley (San Diego, Calif./Francis Parker School), paced Carleton at last weekend’s Macalester Invitational with a seventh-place finish and is tied for second on the squad with an 83.5 scoring average.
Seniors Brian Gilmore (Edina, Minn/Edina) and Turner Wadington (St. Charles, Ill./Elgin Academy) also have 83.5 scoring averages this season. Wadingtion started off the year strong at the Augsburg College Fall Invitational, carding 74-81 for a two-day total of 155. Gilmore has also been an important contributor at each tournament this season, and he led the team at the Saint John’s Fall Invitational with a 36-hole total of 166.
As the only junior on the team, Brian Chesley (Mankato, Minn./West) plays a key role in the team’s success. At last year’s championship, he had the best finish among the current squad, posting a three-round total of 243.