MAPLE PLAIN, Minn. – The final day of play at the Minnesota Golf Classic saw competitors play 36 holes, and Carleton College men’s golf team posted matching scores of 303 in both rounds. Overall the Knights tied for 10th out of 14 teams.
Geoffrey Jing (Fy./Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga) and James Berger (Jr./Los Altos Hills, Calif./Gunn) concluded the weekend with 54-hole scores of 228, putting them in a tie for 55th place. The individual leaderboard was a bit skewed compared to a typical tournament as the 105-player field included 31 NCAA Division I players.
Jing started Sunday by carding a 79 but improved four strokes during the afternoon round. Berger posted scores of 75 and 76 on Sunday.
Anderson Murphy (Jr./Coral Gables, Fla./Ransom Everglades) bounced back after a rough round on Saturday with an even-par 72 on Sunday morning. He followed that up with a 74 in the afternoon for a tournament total of 230 and a share of 62nd place.
Albert Jing (Fy./Saratoga, Calif./Saratoga) turned in scores of 77 and 78 on Sunday. He tied for 65th with a tournament total of 231.
Ryan Choi (Fy./Cockeysville. Md./Dulaney) was the final member of the lineup and had an 83 on Sunday morning—including an eagle—with an 80 in the afternoon. He concluded the weekend with a score of 243.
With rounds of 81 and 79 on Sunday, Eldon Spencer (Jr./Miami, Fla./Ransom Everglades) finished with a score of 236 for the tournament. That was tops among Division III individual entrants.
After posting scores of 84 and 81, Jackson Stinebaugh (Jr./New York, N.Y./Horace Mann) wrapped up the weekend with a score of 243.
As a team, Carleton played the par 5s at even par for the tournament. That was the fourth-best figure in the field.
Up Next for the Knights
Carleton will head to the Saint John’s Fall Invitational on Sept. 18-19.
Day 1 Recap
With a two-over-par 74, Geoffrey Jing paced the Carleton College men’s golf team during the first round of the Minnesota Golf Classic. The Knights are tied for 11th out of 14 teams. The 105-player field also includes 31 NCAA Division I players.
“Missing a large percentage of greens in regulation and questionable putting hampered the Knights,” said Carleton head coach Jerry Ericksen. “With our three first-year players now having experience with the course and 36 holes being played tomorrow, that gives them a chance to make up some shots.”
Geoffrey Jing is tied for 36th overall, while his twin brother Albert Jing carded a (+4) 76 and is tied for 56th.
James Berger was third among the Knights’ scorers with his opening-round 77.
Ryan Choi rounded out the scoring for Carleton with an 80, while Anderson Murphy, who was the Knights’ top player last weekend, uncharacteristically stumbled to an 84.
As luck would have it, the two Knights that are playing this weekend as individuals—Eldon Spencer and Jackson Stinebaugh—did not have their scores of 76 count for the team. Spencer paced the Knights with four birdies on the day.