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ARKANSAS TECH CHOSEN 2017 GAC MEN’S GOLF PRESEASON FAVORITE

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — Three months removed from a run to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, Arkansas Tech enters the fall portion of the 2017-18 championship season as the Great American Conference’s preseason favorite.

 

The Wonder Boys, recently ranked 10th in the Division II GCAA Coaches Poll, won three tournaments last season prior to their success at the DII Championships. They became the first GAC school to advance to the match play portion. In the quarterfinals, they upset top-seed Barry. This season, Tech returns three of starting five from the NCAA Championships in Luke Cornett, Ryan Spurlock and Putter Srinoon. Cornett, the lone returning 2017 All-GAC First-Team selection, recorded three top-six finishes, including a third-place showing at the GAC Championships. Spurlock, the GAC Freshman of the Year, registered four top-10 results.

 

Henderson State picked up four first-place votes and took second in the balloting. In April, The Reddies won their fourth-straight GAC Championship. Nick Shapiro captured the medalist honors at the event, buoyed by a second-round 7-under 65 that tied the tournament’s 18-hole scoring record. Henderson State must replace Drew Greenwood, a two-time First-Team All-GAC selection and Price Murphree, a two-time All-GAC honoree.

 

Southwestern Oklahoma State received a first-place vote and placed third in the poll. Last season, the Bulldogs qualified for the NCAA Division II Central/ Midwest Super Regional for the fifth-straight season. They graduated three All-GAC golfers from the regular lineup, led by GAC Player of the Year and All-American Stefan Idstam. Kason Cook, who tied for seventh at the GAC Championships returns for his sophomore season.

 

Harding, off of its first appearance at the NCAA Division II Central/ Midwest Super Regional, finished fourth. Mason Banger returns after he garnered a place on the All-GAC Second Team. Last season, he ran off seven consecutive top-15 finishes, highlighted by a win at the Natural State Classic.

 

Southeastern Oklahoma State took fifth. The Savage Storm’s Hayden Foster, who earned a trip to the DII Super Regional as an individual where he finished 20th, returns for his junior season. Zach James, a two-time All-GAC honoree comes back for his senior season.

 

Southern Arkansas tied with Southern Nazarene for sixth place while Oklahoma Baptist finished in eighth, one point behind the Muleriders and Crimson Storm. Southern Nazarene’s Rhett Bechtel and Oklahoma Baptist’s Dalton Rhoden return after each landed on the All-GAC Honorable Mention Team.

 

Arkansas-Monticello took ninth while Northwestern Oklahoma State rounded out the voting. The Weevils’ Kinley Lee made the All-GAC Second Team, the highest all-conference honor for a UAM golfer in the six-year history of the league.

 

The 2017 season begins on Monday, September 11 with all 10 schools teeing it up for the first time. The Wonder Boys, Reddies, Bulldogs and Bisons head to Warrensburg, Missouri for Central Missouri’s Mule Invitational. Southern Nazarene hosts UAM, Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist, SAU and Southeastern Oklahoma State for the GAC Preview.

 

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