NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) has announced the recipients for the first annual Mark Laesch Awards. Teams were recognized based on improvement in adjusted stroke average per individual per round from the 2015-16 to 2016-17 seasons (denoted in parenthesis below).
For the GCAA honorees were North Dakota State (2.29) from Division I, Division II's Saginaw Valley State (3.51), Division III's Rosemont College (24.07), Corban (12.72) of NAIA, Dodge City CC (0.99) from NJCAA Division I, and NJCAA Division II's Southeast CC (4.40).
Saginaw Valley improved its four-player team score average from 311.79 to 297.29 in the year's span. The Cardinals claimed the spot as the most improved team in all of Division II after posting a solid 2016-17 academic year. Saginaw Valley registered eight top-five finishes in its 11 events, including taking home the title at the 2017 GLIAC Spring Invitational in Kentucky. SVSU capped-off the season with a record-setting performance at the 2017 NCAA Division II Super Regionals, carding a -15 score to tie for 8th place at the Awarii Dunes Golf Course in Axtell, Nebraska.
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