GLIAC — Grand Valley State senior Alex Scott has been named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Year for the second straight season. Ferris State's Thomas Hursey is the GLIAC Freshman of the Year, and Bulldogs coach Kyle Wittenbach has been named coach of the year. The 2019 All-GLIAC Men's Golf Team has also been announced.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alex Scott - Grand Valley State
Grand Valley State University's Alex Scott (Traverse City, Mich.) has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's Golfer of the Year for the second season in a row after taking home the 2019 GLIAC Tournament individual title. The senior carded an opening round 71 before shooting a tournament-low 68 on the second day to win the event with a 5-under 139. In his 10 events this season, Scott finished inside the top-20 nine times, the top-10 eight times, and also took home the individual title at the Saddlebrook Spring Kickoff with rounds of 70, 71, and 68 (209). He's lowered his season average to 71.08 strokes per round and has fired a season-low 68 twice so far.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Thomas Hursey - Ferris State
Ferris State University freshman golfer Thomas Hursey (Suttons Bay, Mich.) had a standout rookie campaign for the Bulldogs while helping FSU to its first GLIAC Championship since 2010 in his debut. Hursey competed in all 11 tournaments and placed among the top 15 golfers five times, including each of his final three outings. He finished a season-best seventh at the Parkside Invitational this spring before placing 14th overall in helping FSU win the University of Indianapolis Invitational in April. Hursey also came in tied for 12th individually at the GLIAC Championships before helping the Bulldogs claim the title in head-to-head play, including a five-shot win in the semifinal round against Grand Valley State. In tournament play, Hursey shot a 76 or better in each of his final seven rounds with a low figure of 67 in the second round at UIndy. His play helped FSU receive its 16th NCAA Championship bid in the last 17 years.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Kyle Wittenbach - Ferris State
Ferris State University head coach Kyle Wittenbach led the Bulldogs to their first conference championship since 2010 this season as the Bulldogs captured the GLIAC title. It marked FSU's third tournament win of the spring in six outings. Overall, the Bulldogs finished among the top two squads in six times this year, including four times in the spring campaign. The Bulldogs also received their 16th NCAA Championship berth in the last 17 years. The Ferris State alum, who led FSU to the national quarterfinals in 2017, helped the Bulldogs post their lowest regular-season score ever with a round of 276 in winning the Saginaw Valley State Spring Invitational in March in Georgetown, Ky.
A complete list of the 2019 All-GLIAC Men's Golf teams are listed below:
2019 GLIAC All-Conference Men's Golf Teams
|Alex Scott||Grand Valley State||Sr.||Traverse City, Mich. / West|
|Brendan Seys||Wayne State||Jr.||Port Lambton, Ont.|
|Austin Kondratick||Ashland||Sr.||Westerville, Ohio / Westerville Central|
|Bryce Messner||Grand Valley State||Sr.||Hartland, Mich. / Hartland|
|Jack Weller||Ferris State||Sr.||Swartz Creek, Mich. / Swartz Creek|
|Jagger Richard||Northwood||Jr.||Laingburg, Mich. / Laingsburg|
|Mitchell White||Grand Valley State||Sr.||Muskegon, Mich. / Mona Shores|
|Austin Alexander||Wayne State||Jr.||Farmington Hills, Mich. / North Farmington|
|Austin Deiters||Northwood||Jr.||Midland, Mich. / Dow|
|Andrew Hammett||Ferris State||Sr.||Bradenton, Fla. / Bradenton Academy|
|Benjamin Jones||Ashland||So.||Strongsville, Ohio / Padua Franciscan|
|Austin Elsner||Northern Michigan||Sr.||New London, Wis. / New London|
|Nikolas Senkowski||Wayne State||Jr.||Rochester Hills, Mich. / Avondale|
|Jake Plummer||Purdue Northwest||Sr.||East Peoria, Ill. / East Peoria|
|Seth Terpstra||Ferris State||Sr.||Grandville, Mich. / Grandville|
|Patrick Steffen||Ashland||Jr.||Westlake, Ohio / Westlake|
|Thomas Hursey||Ferris State||Fr.||Suttons Bay, Mich. / Suttons Bay|
|Grant Haefner||Wayne State||Jr.||Berkley, Mich. / Bloomfield Hills|