DU’s Newlove, USD’s Vining Named October Golfers of the Month

DU’s Newlove, USD’s Vining Named October Golfers of the Month

ELMHURST, Ill. – Denver's Sophie Newlove and South Dakota's Tommy Vining were honored Wednesday as the Summit League's Golfers of the Month for their efforts on the course during October.

Newlove recorded six rounds for the Pioneers in October, logging an average round score of 71.17. Her best showing came at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate, where she tied her career-best 18-hole score twice (69) and turned in a career-best 54-hole total (7-under 209)—a tournament score that ties for third on Denver's all-time list. The individual winner at Ron Moore in 2016, Newlove finished in a tie for fourth this time around.  

The junior from England followed up that Top-10 finish with a 15th-place showing at the Maryb S. Kauth Invitational, penciling in a 2-over 218 score.

Vining—the September Golfer of the Month—continued to impress during the month of October, averaging a round score of 71.44 in nine rounds played. The junior from Sioux Falls posted a third-place score of 4-over 217 at the Zach Johnson Invitational, followed by a tie for 16th at the UMKC Bill Ross Intercollegiate (6-over 222).

Vining's best performance was his final of the fall, finishing one stroke shy of first-place at the Visit Stockton Pacific Invite and placing second overall in a field that included 111 golfers and two Top-30 golf programs (No. 19 Santa Clara and No. 32 BYU). Last year's Summit League Newcomer of the Year ended the weekend with a runner-up score of 12-under 204, including a 5-under 66 final round that ties for the fourth best single-round score in USD history.

Sophie Newlove, Denver

Jr. // Nottingham, England

  • Recorded a 71.17 round scoring average in six rounds played
  • Earned a Top-10 finish at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate (4th)
  • Tied career-low round score twice at Ron Moore (69)
  • Logged career-best 54-hole score at Ron Moore (209, -7)
  • Tallied four rounds at or below par
  • Second-Career #SummitGF Month/Weekly Honor

Also nominated: Rebecca Hnidka (Oral Roberts), Abby Dufrane (South Dakota), Teresa Toscano (South Dakota State), Natalie Roth (North Dakota State), Monica Dorner (Fort Wayne)

Previous Winners: September – Natalie Roth (NDSU)

Tommy Vining, South Dakota

Jr. // Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • Posted a 71.44 round scoring average in nine rounds played
  • Earned two Top-10 finishes (Zach Johnson Invitational and Visit Stockton Pacific Invitational)
  • Individual runner-up at Visit Stockton Pacific (68-70-66—204)
  • Turned in five rounds at or below par
  • Second-Career #SummitGF Month/Weekly Honor  

Also nominated: Kevin Gordon (Omaha), Cody Burrows (Oral Roberts), Chris Korte (Denver), Alejandro Perazzo (South Dakota State), Eric Brinker (Fort Wayne)

Previous Winners: September – Tommy Vining (South Dakota)


Through 35 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 100,000 at eight institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University with the University of North Dakota becoming an official member on July 1, 2018. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced nine NCAA Champions along with over 90 Academic All-Americans, nearly 100 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.


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