Bearkats earn spot in latest NCAA Division I golf poll

HUNTSVILLE (SID) – Off to its best start since the 1985-86 season with five tournament team championships in eight events this year, the Sam Houston State men’s golf team has cracked the top 50 in the Golfweek NCAA Division I national rankings.Sam Houston State stands 49th in the new rankings announced Sunday night.

“A year ago, we ranked 140th. This is a big step forward for us,” SHSU men’s golf head coach Mike Dirks said. “It’s a reflection of how hard these young men have been working. They’ve been playing smart and making good decisions.”

The No. 49 standing is Sam Houston’s highest ever in the Golfweek poll. Only one other Southland Conference team is represented in the rankings. Lamar, the defending Southland champions, stand No. 3.

Junior Robert Gwin (72.5), senior Scooter Jefferson (73.3), and freshman Beau Willis (73.8) lead the Bearkats in stroke average. All three posted top 10 individual finishes last week when the Bearkats won back-to-back titles in their first spring semester events at Rice and UTSA. During the fall semester, the Bearkats won tournaments at SFA, Louisiana Tech, and Louisiana-Lafayette.

Next action for Sam Houston State is the Bearkat Classic at Raven’s Nest on March 12-13.

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