As many as two dozen athletes try out each year for approximately 15 spots on the varsity and junior-varsity men’s golf teams at St. Thomas.
Team members play both a fall and spring schedule. The Tommies face a variety of challenging courses in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota for practices and tournaments. The Tommies also travel to the southern United States for a spring trip.
The 54-hole conference tournament is held in October, while the 72-hole NCAA tournament is contested in May.
UST’s Anderson Athletic and Recreation Complex (AARC) includes a golf room with a state-of-the-art golf simulator for offseason training.
Several recent UST teams have been ranked in the top 25 nationally, including five top-20 NCAA team finishes in the last seven seasons.
Coach Scott Proshek was among a select group of six finalists for 2017-18 National Coach of the Year.
On the conference scene, St. Thomas has finished in the top four in the team race in each of the last nine seasons, including five top-two places.
The 2017-18 Tommies won the elite 18-team Golfweek Preview Tournament in October 2017 for the second time in three years. That helped the Tommies rank No. 1 in Division III in the GolfStat computer rankings and No. 3 in the coaches' poll for most of the winter and spring. St. Thomas also won the MIAC championship and tied for 11th out of 42 teams at the May 2018 national tournament. Senior Pete Sienko shot a seven-under 65 in an April 2018 round -- the best score by a Tommie in 13 seasons. Sophomore Emmet Herb was named MIAC Player of the Year with the lowest strioke average, led by five rounds of 70 or better.
In 2015-16, the Tommies received an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships after finishing one stroke out of first place at the MIAC Championships. St. Thomas tied for fifth place at nationals -- a program best -- and were led by Jack Riester and Pete Sienko, who tied for 16th.
The 2014-15 team advanced to the NCAA Championships for the third time in four seasons and finished 12th out of 41 teams. Alex Kapraun tied for 13th at nationals and was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team for the second straight year.
In June 2014, Kapraun capped his junior year by being voted to the Capital One Academic All-America team.
In 2012-2013, the Tommies finished second at the conference meet and were awarded an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships. The team missed the cut after finishing 19th out of the 41 participating teams. Alex Kapraun repeated as an All-America after finishing 27th individually at nationals.
St. Thomas had a breakthrough season in 2011-12 as it won the conference title -- the school's first in 31 seasons -- and advanced to the NCAA Championships. Freshman Alex Kapraun was MIAC meet co-medalist and went on to earn All-America honors after finishing 14th at nationals.
In 2010 Scott Proshek was elevated to Tommie head coach. Proshek, a Tommie assistant coach since 2006, replaced Dave Lepp, who resigned after four seasons due to additional duties as UST's athletic facilities manager. Proshek was the general manager at the New Prague Golf Club for 25 years and retired in 2004. He works at Brackett's Crossing Golf Club in Lakeville.
In 2008, Ben Jensen and John Treacy received Division III National Scholar Athlete awards. Michael Mortenson has gained that same academic honor in both 2010 and 2011, and received the NCAA Elite 89 honor in 2012 with the best grade-point average among more than 200 competitors at D-III nationals.
In June 2007, John Treacy broke the course record at St. Paul's Como GC with a 9-under 61.
In 2005, Mark Hadley shot a 64 in a spring tournament. That’s believed to be the lowest score in a competitive round in conference history.
In 2001-02, senior Tom Wroblewski posted the lowest MIAC Championships 36-hole score in at least 25 years when he shot 140 on the tough Bunker Hills course to capture medalist honors. Wroblewski topped a 50-player field with rounds of 69 and 71 for a 140 total. Wroblewski beat the runner-up by four strokes and the third-place finisher by eight strokes.