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Golf receives all eight votes in preseason poll

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The Horizon League’s coaches unanimously predicted Wright State golf to be the top team in the league for the 2020 season. 

A unanimous vote 

In a poll that is voted on by all the coaches in the Horizon League, Wright State golf was not only the top voted team, but received every single vote. 

With a total of eight votes, WSU sits at the top of the poll with 64 points. Right behind WSU is Oakland with 55 points and Northern Kentucky sits at third with 39 points.

“We’re excited and honored to be picked as favorites in the Horizon League this year,” said Head Coach Brian Arlinghaus. “However, being picked as favorites has never been the goal; our goal has always been something bigger.” 

Successful past seasons

Last spring, the Raiders earned their sixth Horizon League Title and fifth appearance at the NCAA championships. These feats are most likely a big reason for the unanimous vote. 

In 2020 fall play, WSU had the lowest average of all of the teams in the Horizon League.

Austin Schoonmaker, Cole Corder and Bryce Haney were among the frontrunners in previous seasons and will be returning for the Raiders this spring. 

In program history, the Raiders have won the league championships in 1996, 1997, 2003 and 2004. Their most recent league title was last year for the 2019 season. It was a big deal for the golf team as it was their first league title in 15 years. 

Spring 2020 

As the team gets ready for the spring season, they are extremely pleased with the rating. However, they are still ready to put in the hard work to bring about results. 

“The team and I are very pleased to be ranked first in the preseason poll,” said Austin Schoonmaker, a senior on Wright State’s golf team. “We have all been working hard over the off season getting prepared for the spring and the conference tournament. However, we understand anything can happen during the tournament and we must remain focused on our game.” 

Schedule

March 9-10: at Orlando Invitational

March 15-17: at Bobby Nichols Invitational

March 22-24: at Golden Horseshoe Invitational

April 13-14: at Big Blue Invitational

April 19-20: Wright State Invitational

April 26-28: at Horizon League

May 17-20: at NCAA Regionals

May 28-June 2: at NCAA Championships

Makenzie Hoeferlin

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