St. Thomas Men's Golf had perhaps its best day in program history Tuesday to win the 18-team Golfweek Preview tournament in Sandestin, Fla.
The No. 15-ranked Tommies shot two-under-par 282 -- a school-record total -- on the last day. That let them vault from fifth to first place, erasing a 16-stroke deficit to second-round leader Texas-Tyler.
Coach Scott Proshek's team outscored 13 teams ranked in Division III's top 21, including No. 1-ranked Methodist (N.C.) and No. 2 Oglethorpe (Ga.). The 18-team field included nine of the top 12 team finishers in last May's NCAA Championships.
Sophomore Pete Sienko shot four-under 67 to lead the way, and he tied for 14th in a field of 90 players; senior Nick Nielsen carded a par 71 and also tied for 14th; senior Jack Riester shot 69 and tied for 20th; and sophomore Riley Gannon and freshman Matt Radke each posted 75s after clutch rounds on Monday of 72 and 71.
Sienko's 67 was the low round on Tuesday among 90 players. Nielsen's par 71 came despite a triple bogey on the 11th hole as he offset that with four birdies on the round.
St. Thomas had Tuesday's low round among all 18 teams by seven shots. The Toms' three-day total of 863 (290-291-282) edged Methodist and Texas-Tyler by one stroke and Rhodes by four.
In the 2014 tournament on the same course, Methodist and Texas-Tyler tied for first at 869, and UST placed sixth at 881.
The Tommies placed first or second in five out of six fall multi-team tournaments. They lowered their fall tournament average to 295.4. Sienko averaged 72.1 for 16 events.
St. Thomas Men's Golf moved up one spot to fifth place after Monday's second round of the 18-team Golfweek Preview tournament in Sandestin, Fla. The competition concludes Tuesday with 18 holes.
UST shot 290 on Monday and is at 581 through 36 holes. All five Toms have posted at least one score of 73 or better.
Soph Riley Gannon shot 71 and freshman Matt Radke carded a 72 to lift the Tommies. Jack Riester (73), Nick Nielsen (74) and Pete Sienko (78) rounded out the Monday scores. Gannon is tied for 16th in the field of 90 players, while Nielsen is tied for 22nd.
Texas-Tyler (565) leads Methodist (570) by five shots. Oglethorpe (575), Rhodes (576), UST (581), Berry (582), Huntingdon (584) and Schriener (588) are in third through eighth place.
St. Thomas Men's Golf sits in sixth place after Sunday's opening round of the 18-team Golfweek Preview tournament in Sandestin, Fla. The competition continues Monday with 18 holes and concludes Tuesday with 18 holes.
UST shot 291 and is just four strokes out of third place, one behind UW-Eau Claire. St. John's recorded a 302.
Texas-Tyler (280) leads Methodist (282) atop the leader board. Just eight shots separate the fifth- through 14th-place teams.
Nick Nielsen and Pete Sienko each shot even-par 71s and are tied for 11th place in a field of 90 players. Riley Gannon shot 73 and is tied for 31st, while Jack Riester (76) and Matt Radke (80) rounded out the Tommie lineup.
St. Thomas' 291 score matches its low round this fall in 13 rounds of tournaments.
Nine of the top 12 team finishers at the May 2015 NCAA meet are competing this week.