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Women’s Golf Picked Second in Preseason Poll

Women’s Golf Picked Second in Preseason Poll

TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts women's golf team was selected second in the 2020 Summit League Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday.

The Pioneers, who have represented the league in the NCAA Tournament during each of their six seasons as a league member, received all eight of the first-place votes they could receive while Oral Roberts followed in second place with 53 points. DU and ORU both return three All-Summit League performers from 2019 to their respective rosters.

South Dakota State, who received the other first-place vote, took third with 49 points and North Dakota State was fourth with 48 points. South Dakota who took fifth with 36 points. Purdue Fort Wayne was picked to finish, totaling 22 points while Omaha (19), North Dakota (18) and Western Illinois (15) rounded out the poll.

2020 Women's Golf  Preseason Poll

 Program

 Points

 1. Denver

 64 (8)

 2. Oral Roberts

 53

 3. South Dakota State

 49 (1)

 4. North Dakota State

 48

 5. South Dakota 

 36

 6. Purdue Fort Wayne

 22

 7. Omaha

 19

 8. North Dakota

 18

 9. Western Illinois

 15

 First-place vote in parentheses


#SummitWGF Preseason Notes

  • This is the seventh-consecutive season the Denver Pioneers have topped the preseason poll. DU returned to the winner's circle at the 2019 Summit League Championship after seeing its four-year postseason run as league champions come to an end in 2018.
  • Four of five 2019 All-Summit League first-team selections return for the 2020 spring campaign, including three-time honoree Teresa Toscano from South Dakota State. Toscano was an all-second team performer in 2017 and first-team performer in 2018 and 2019. She is joined by Denver's Mary Weinstein and Camille Enright and Oral Roberts' Sarah Bell.
  • Much like the first team, four selections from the All-Summit League second team also return, including two from Oral Roberts (Isabella Caamal and Beatriz Garcia). Denver's Alyson Bean also returns along with North Dakota State junior Taylor McCorkle. 
  • Four of the top-six finishers from the 2019 Championship in Newton, Kan., will take another shot at the title in 2020, including Weinstein, who is the reigning Championship MVP
  • Weinstein closed out her trophy chase with a Summit League Championship single-round record of 65 (-7) to win the event by seven strokes.
  • During the 2019 fall season, newcomer Anna Zanusso topped all league golfers with a 72.1 stroke average, which included a title in her second collegiate event at The Golfweek Conference Challenge (205; -11).
  • The Pioneers posted the top team scoring average during the fall, turning in a 290.6 average, which was almost nine strokes lower than their 2018 fall stroke average.
  • In the history of the league, only three programs have ever won the women's golf championship: Oral Roberts (15), Denver (5) and North Dakota State (2)

** Minimum nine rounds played


Preseason Watch List (Alphabetically)

Sarah Bell // Oral Roberts // So. // Jackson, Mo.

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.7
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 67
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 73.6 scoring average
  • Captured medalist honors at the 2019 Johnie Imes Invitation (209; -7, fall)
  • Four top-five finishes during freshman season
  • First Team All-Summit League as a freshman in 2019
  • 2019 Summit League All-Tournament Team (3rd-place finish)

Laura Caetano // Purdue Fort Wayne // So. // Brasilia, Brazil

  • Career Scoring Average: 75.5
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 72
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 8 rounds played
    • 75.5 scoring average
  • Posted three top-20 finishes during the fall
  • Shot a season-low 72 (E) in first collegiate round at Golfweek Program Championship

Beatriz Garcia // Oral Roberts // Sr. // Torreon, Mexico

  • Career Scoring Average: 76.6
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 68
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 73.8 scoring average
  • Six career top-10 finishes
  • Captured medalist honors at 2019 Kansas City Intercollegiate (spring)

Julia Hall // South Dakota // RSo. // Minnetonka, Minn.

  • Career Scoring Average: 80.4
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 72
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 15 rounds played
    • 77.4 scoring average
  • Posted career-best, 54-hole score of 225 at the Johnie Imes Invitational (T-22nd)
  • Redshirted during 2018-19 season

Natalie Hooper // Western Illinois // Fr. // Rockford, Ill.

  • Career Scoring Average: 78.4
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 74
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 14 rounds played
    • 78.4 scoring average
  • Posted a pair of top-10 finishes during the fall
  • Placed second at the Tiger Fall Invitational (+10; 154)

Hannah Hunke // Omaha // Jr. // Snyder, Neb.

  • Career Scoring Average: 82.7
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 74
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 11 rounds played
    • 81.3 scoring average
  • Posted a career-best, 54-hole score at Rose City Collegiate (fall)
  • Posted a career-best 74 (+2) in second round of Rose City Collegiate

Taylor McCorkle // North Dakota State // Jr. // Oregon, Wis.

  • Career Scoring Average: 76.0
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 65
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 9 rounds played
    • 74.7 scoring average
  • Seven career top-10 finishes, including two victories during 2018-19 season
  • Second Team All-Summit League as a sophomore in 2019
  • Two-time WGCA All-American Scholar

Pemika Ponlamuangdee // North Dakota // Fr. // Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Career Scoring Average: 79.3
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 72
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 79.3 scoring average
  • Closed fall with season-best 72 (E) in final round at Rainbow Wahine Invitational
  • Second on team with seven rounds in the 70's during the fall

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

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.8 (SDSU record)
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 68
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 12 rounds played
    • 72.5 scoring average
  • 23 career top-10 finishes, 15 career top-5 finishes, four collegiate victories
  • Two top-five finishes at Summit League Championships (2nd, 2018; 4th, 2019)
  • 2018 and 2019 First Team All-Summit League selection
  • 2017, 2018, 2019 Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team
  • 2017 Second Team All-Summit League selection

Mary Weinstein // Denver // Sr. // Highlands Ranch, Colo.

  • Career Scoring Average: 73.2
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 64
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 14 rounds played
    • 72.9 scoring average
  • 11 career top-10 finishes, including one collegiate victory
  • 2018 and 2019 First Team All-Summit League selection
  • 2019 Summit League Championship MVP
  • 2018 Summit League Championship All-Tournament Team
  • 2018 and 2019 WGCA All-American Scholar

Anna Zanusso // Denver // Fr. // Castelfranco Veneto, Italy

  • Career Scoring Average: 72.1
  • Career Bests (strokes)
    • Individual Round: 68
  • 2019 Fall Totals
    • 14 rounds played
    • 72.1 scoring average
  • Captured medalist honors at second collegiate event – Golfweek Conference Challenge
  • Posted four rounds in the 60's during the fall to go with three top-11 finishes

For the latest information on ORU women's golf, follow @ORUAthletics on Twitter or go to www.ORUAthletics.com.  Fans can also receive updates on the team by downloading the Golden Eagles Front Row App at ORUAthletics.com/frontrow or in the App Store. 

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