Blue Hawks Picked 6th in NSAA Men's Golf Preseason Coaches Poll

Blue Hawks Picked 6th in NSAA Men's Golf Preseason Coaches Poll

MADISON, S.D. – The Dickinson State University Men's Golf team has been picked to finish 6th in conference which was announced by the conference office Tuesday.

The Bellevue University Bruins won last year conference title and qualified for the NAIA national tournament last season in Silvis, Ill. and are picked to finish 1st in the NSAA.

Viterbo (Wis.) picked up the final first-place vote with 39 points to place second in the preseason poll.  Jamestown (N.D.) recorded 32 points to finish third, followed by Waldorf (Iowa) fourth with 26 points and Valley City State (N.D.) fifth with 23 points.  Dickinson State (N.D.) tallied 17 points to place sixth, while Presentation (S.D.) was seventh with 11 points.

The Blue Hawk Men's golf team looks to continue to make strides in the NSAA.  The NSAA is a competitive conference that spans five states including several nationally ranked teams.   The Blue Hawks return several top golfers on the men's side including Zach Miller, Parker Robinson, Seth Ehlang, Beau Beasley and AJ Locke.  Drawing off competition experience, these young men look to raise the level of play in the 2016-17 season.  In the 2015-16 season two golfers were recognized by the NAIA for academic standards and were named All-American Nathaniel Easton and Seth Ehlang

Coach O'Donnell has brought in a couple quality new comers to help the program continue to climb in the NSAA.  The new comers include Jaret Lee, a 3 sport standout from Dickinson, Jaret will be swinging the sticks for the hawks along with Dylan Salas a freshman from Denver, Colorado.

There are four rounds in the North Star Athletic Association Men's Golf Conference Tournament, with the first two rounds being held in the fall on Sept. 26-27 in Alberta Lea, Minn., hosted by Waldorf.  The final two rounds take place in the spring on April 24-25, 2017 in La Crosse, Wis., hosted by Viterbo.

The winner of the NSAA Men's Golf Conference Tournament (after all four rounds are completed) will received an automatic team bid to the national tournament.  The NAIA Men's Golf National Tournament is slated to take place at TPC Deer Run in Moline, Ill. from May 16-19, 2017.

Below is the complete listing of the 2016-17 NSAA Men's Golf Preseason Coaches' Poll:

2016-17 North Star Athletic Association Men's Golf Coaches' Preseason Poll

Rank

School (First-Place Votes)

Points

1

Bellevue (Neb.) (6)

48

2

Viterbo (Wis.) (1)

39

3

Jamestown (N.D.)

32

4

Waldorf (Iowa)

26

5

Valley City State (N.D.)

23

6

Dickinson State (N.D.)

17

7

Presentation (S.D.)

11


Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director