Coyotes top #SummitMGF preseason poll

Senior Tommy Vining is the reigning Summit League Golfer of the Year and leads a Coyotes' team that was picked to win the 2019 title by the league's head coaches.
Senior Tommy Vining is the reigning Summit League Golfer of the Year and leads a Coyotes' team that was picked to win the 2019 title by the league's head coaches.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Three teams received multiple first-place votes, but it was South Dakota that emerged from the pack to top The Summit League's Men's Golf preseason poll released Friday by league officials. The Coyotes garnered four first-place tallies and edged Denver, who received three, to claim the top spot by two points. Oral Roberts was third with 49 points while defending champion North Dakota State was picked fourth with 48 points.

The Bison received the remaining two first-place votes, but will have to defend their title on a different course as The 2019 Championship moves to the Sand Creek Station Golf Club in Newton, Kan., this season (April 28-30).

South Dakota State was picked fifth (39) while Purdue Fort Wayne (28) and Omaha (28) tied for sixth. Western Illinois (15) and league newcomer North Dakota (9) rounded out the poll. 
 

 Program

 Points

 1. South Dakota

 55 (4)

 2. Denver

 53 (3)

 3. Oral Roberts

 49

 4. North Dakota State

 48 (2)

 5. South Dakota State

 39

 6. Purdue Fort Wayne

 28

     Omaha

 28

 8. Western Illinois

 15

 9. North Dakota

 9

First-place votes in parentheses


#SummitMGF Preseason Notes

  • This is the second straight season South Dakota has been voted the men's golf preseason favorite
  • Since the 2008 season, the men's preseason No. 1 has gone onto win the league championship four times (2011, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Four of the five 2018 All-Tournament honorees return to Summit League action this spring: Thirawat Chantrakantanond (Omaha), Scott Fudenberg (South Dakota), Andrew Israelson (North Dakota State), and  Zach Schroeder (Fort Wayne)
  • Israelson was the only one among that quartet to earn First Team All-Summit League honors. He is one of four with that distinction to return as well in 2019, joining the Oral Roberts' duo of Cody Burrows and Mike Biata along with 2018 Golfer of the Year Tommy Vining of South Dakota
  • Schroeder is the reigning Summit League Championship MVP after winning the event by five strokes with a 214 (-2) total. It was the second medalist honor of his collegiate career (2016 Lonnie Barton Invitational)
  • Burrows, the 2017 Summit League Golfer of the Year, posted a 72.2 scoring average during the fall campaign to capture both October and November Golfer of the Month accolades
  • The 'Yotes led all league teams this fall with a 291.7 team scoring average in 15 rounds while Oral Roberts (294.1) and North Dakota State (294.2) were close behind

#SummitMGF Golfers to Watch List

Cody Burrows // Oral Roberts // Sr. // Chickasha, Okla.

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.1
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 66
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 72.2 scoring average
  • 2016, 2017 and 2018 First Team All-Summit League selection
  • 2017 Summit League Championship All-Tournament team
  • 2017 Summit League Golfer of the Year

Jun Ho Won // Denver // So. // Waikahalulu, Hawaii

  • Career Scoring Average: 74.3
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 69
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 9 rounds played
    • 73.2 scoring average
  • Topped the Pioneers in scoring average in the fall
  • Posted career-best finish at Rams Master Invitational (t11th)
  • Boise State transfer

Andrew Israelson // North Dakota State // Jr. // Staples, Minn.

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.3
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 64
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 72.7  scoring average
  • Seven career top-10 finishes, three top-5 finishes
  • 2017 (2nd) and 2018 (1st) All-Summit League selection
  • 2018 Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team

Jared Nicolls // South Dakota State // Sr. // Ponoka, Alberta

  • Career Scoring Average: 75.8
    • Individual Round: 66
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 73.8 scoring average
  • Four of 12 rounds during the fall were under par
  • Led Jacks in stroke average during four fall events
  • Stetson transfer

Zach Schroeder // Fort Wayne // Sr. // Lebanon, Ind.

  • Career Scoring Average: 74.3
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 66
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 73.8 scoring average
  • 2018 Summit League Championship MVP and medalist honoree
  • 2018 Summit League Championship All-Tournament team
  • Two career victories and 10 career top-10 finishes

Witchayapat Sinsrang // Omaha // Jr. // Nakhonratchasima, Thailand

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.4
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 65
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 73.4 scoring average
  • 2017 and 2018 NJCAA Ping First Team All-American
  • Posted two top-10 finishes in four fall events
  • 65 in the third round of the ODU/OBX Intercollegiate was low round of the fall by a Summit League golfer 

Patrick Traynor // North Dakota // Jr. // Fargo, N.D.

  • Career Scoring Average: 80.2
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 69
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 9 rounds played
    • 78.11 scoring average
  • Owns one top-5 finish during collegiate career
  • Six of nine fall rounds were in the 70's

Tommy Vining // South Dakota // Sr. // Sioux Falls, S.D.

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.6
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 64
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 75.0 scoring average
  • 2018 Summit League Golfer of the Year
  • 2017 Summit League Newcomer of the Year
  • 2017 and 2018 First Team All-Summit League selection
  • Three career top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes
  • Averaged a 73.45 score in 2017 (single-season Coyote record)

Jackson Wetherbee // Western Illinois // Sr. // Galesburg, Ill.

  • Career Scoring Average: 74.2
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 67
  • 2018 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 73.3 scoring average
  • 2016 and 2018 Second Team All-Summit League selection
  • 12 career top-10 finishes, including two in five events this fall

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