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ORU Women's Golf Picked Second in Preseason Poll; Hnidka Named to Watch List

ORU Women's Golf Picked Second in Preseason Poll; Hnidka Named to Watch List

ELMHURST, Ill. – The Oral Roberts women's golf team was picked to finish second, with one first place vote, in the 2018 Women's Golf Preseason Poll, released by the league office Thursday. Additionally, junior Rebecca Hnidka was named to the preseason watch list, as voted on by the league's coaches.

This is the fifth-straight season the Denver Pioneers find themselves atop the league's preseason rankings. Denver tallied 49 total points and seven of the eight first-place votes, while Oral Roberts and North Dakota State tied for second place with 38 points each. The Golden Eagles received the remaining first-place vote.

South Dakota State (33), South Dakota (20), Western Illinois (19), Omaha (14) and Fort Wayne (8) round out the rest of the poll.

Nomination

Score

  1. Denver

49 (7)

  1. Oral Roberts

38 (1)

  1. North Dakota State

38

  1. South Dakota State

33

  1. South Dakota

20

  1. Western Illinois

19

  1. Omaha

14

  1. Fort Wayne

8

 

First-place vote in parentheses


#SummitWGF Preseason Notes

 

  • Since the 2007-08 golf season, the women's preseason favorite has gone onto win The Summit League title—a perfect 10-for-10 in predicting a champion
  • This is the fifth-consecutive season the Denver Pioneers have topped the preseason poll
  • Last year's Summit League "Golfer of the Year" and championship MVP Megan Mingo from South Dakota State has graduated, but 2017 All-Tournament returnees include Jackrabbit teammate Teresa Toscano (2017 Summit League Newcomer of the Year) and North Dakota State's Natalie Roth
  • Four 2017 All-Summit League recipients return to the tees for the 2018 spring campaign: Roth (NDSU), Toscano (SDSU), Kennedy Ishee (ORU) and Lauren Whyte (Denver)
  • During the 2017 fall season, the Pioneers posted the lowest team scoring average at 289.1, while South Dakota State followed with a 299.0 team mark
  • Denver's Sophie Newlove logged the best individual scoring average last fall (72.08), narrowly edging Pioneer teammate Whyte who penciled in a 72.17 average round score **
  • In the history of the league, only three programs have ever won the women's golf championship: Oral Roberts (15), Denver (4) and North Dakota State (1)

 

** Minimum nine rounds played


#SummitWGF Preseason Watch List (Alphabetically)

 

Madison Chesnutt // Fort Wayne // Sr. // Mishawaka, Ind.

  • Career Scoring Average: 81.81
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • 54-hole Score: 229
    • 36-hole Score: 155
    • Individual Round: 72
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 9 rounds played
    • 79.11 scoring average
  • Three-time Summit League Academic Honor Roll

 

Rebecca Hnidka // Oral Roberts // Jr. // Nuernberg, Germany

  • Career Scoring Average: 77.00
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • 54-hole Score: 212
    • Individual Round: 69
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 74.0 scoring average

 

Allie Leingang // Western Illinois // Sr. // Columbia, Ill.

  • Career Scoring Average: 79.19
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 70
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 10 rounds played
    • 75.80 scoring average
  • Three-Time Summit League Academic Honor Roll
  • Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar

 

Sophie Newlove // Denver // Jr. // Nottingham, England

  • Career Scoring Average: 76.43
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 69
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 72.08 scoring average
  • One tournament victory in her career
  • October 2017 Summit League Golfer of the Month
  • Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar (2016-17)

 

Lexi Petersen // South Dakota // Jr. // Fairview, Ill.

  • Career Scoring Average: 79.24
  • Careers Bests (strokes)
    • 54-hole Score: 227
    • 36-hole Score: 155
    • Individual Round: 73
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 14 rounds played
    • 76.79 scoring average
  • Two-time Summit League Academic Honor Roll

 

Natalie Roth // North Dakota State // Sr. // Lake Park, Minn.

  • Career Scoring Average: 75.17
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • 54-hole Score: 213
    • 36-hole Score: 145
    • Individual Round: 68
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 73.00 scoring average  
  • Four tournament victories in her career, 15 top-five finishes, 24 top-10 finishes
  • Three-time All-Summit League (2015 Summit League Newcomer of the Year)
  • Two-time All-Tournament team
  • Three-time Summit League Academic Honor Roll
  • WGCA All-American Scholar (2015)

 

Teresa Toscano // South Dakota State // So. // Huelva, Spain

  • Career Scoring Average: 74.23 (SDSU record – Minimum 10 rounds)
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • 54-hole Score: 212
    • 36-hole Score: 143
    • Individual Round: 68
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 9 rounds played
    • 72.33 scoring average
  • 2017 Summit League Newcomer of the Year
  • 2017 All-Summit League & All-Tournament team

 

Megan Vetrovsky // Omaha // Sr. // McCook, Neb.

  • Career Scoring Average: 79.2
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • 54-hole Score: 223
    • 36-hole Score: 155
    • Individual Round: 72
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 14 rounds played
    • 79.6 scoring average
  • Three-time Summit League Academic Honor Roll
  • Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar

 

Lauren Whyte // Denver // Senior // St. Andrews, Scotland

  • Career Scoring Average: 74.85
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 66
  • 2017 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 72.17 scoring average
  • All-Summit League (2017)

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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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