ELMHURST, Ill. – The 2017-18 Summit League Golf award winners were released Friday morning highlighting the best individuals, newcomers and coaches during the season.
North Dakota State's Natalie Roth and South Dakota's Tommy Vining were named the Golfers of the Year, while Denver's Mary Weinstein and NDSU's Van Holmgren both earned Newcomer of the Year accolades. The Coaches of the Year went to a pair of Bison, as Matt Johnson took home the honor on the women's side and Steve Kennedy was recognized for his work with the NDSU men.
Roth recorded one of the more memorable seasons in recent history, winning two tournaments and finishing top-five in eight events—the most top-five finishes for a league golfer since 2015-16. The three-time first-team All-League selection and senior from Lake Park, Minn., led The Summit League with 13 rounds at or below par and turned in the league's second-best scoring average at 73.55. After leading the Bison to their first league championship since 2013 with a second-place individual showing, Roth competed at her first-ever NCAA Regional Championship in Madison, Wis.
A two-time Summit League First-Team selection, Vining posted 13 rounds this season at or below par and finished in the top-five three times—including runner-up performances at the Pacific Visit Stockton Invitational (12-under 204) and Itani Quality Homes Collegiate (11-under 202). With a scoring average that ranked third in the league this year (73.09), Vining became the first Coyote to be named Summit League Men's Golfer of the Year.
Both Weinstein and Holmgren were welcomed additions to The Summit League this season. For the Pioneers, Weinstein managed the second-best scoring average on the team and the fourth-best league-wide with a 73.81 tally. The Highlands Ranch, Colo., native ended her sophomore campaign as a member of the All-League first team and the All-Tournament team.
Holmgren was equally as impressive with his five top-10 finishes and 73.94 scoring average—second-best for the Bison in 2017-18. A member of the All-League second team this year, Holmgren placed sixth at the league championship to help NDSU secure its first men's title in league history. Advancing to play at the NCAA Regional Championship in Stockton, Calif., Holmgren penciled in a respectable 4-over 219. The freshman from Plymouth, Minn., is the first NDSU golfer to take home this individual league honor.
Coach Johnson locked up his second-career Summit League Coach of the Year honor after leading the Bison women to NCAA DI postseason play for the second time in program history. The NDSU squad won a league-high five tournaments, including the Summit League Championship, and logged a 302.7 scoring average in 2017-18.
Coach Johnson's colleague Coach Kennedy was named the Men's Coach of the Year for guiding the Bison to their first-ever Summit League Golf Championship in program history. While posting a league-leading 293.3 scoring average this year, Kennedy and his men clinched NDSU's first postseason berth since 2004.
All six awards are determined by a vote of the league's head coaches.