UCCS Golfers Picked Second in Preseason Coaches' Poll
The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's golf team was picked to finish second in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference according to the RMAC's annual preseason coaches' poll.
The Mountain Lions received 19 points in the poll, five points behind first-place Colorado State-Pueblo. Each of the RMAC's 10 men's golf coaches picked the anticipated order of finish from 1-9, omitting their own team. Those points were then totaled with the teams getting the fewest points being the highest ranked.
Fort Lewis was picked to take third with 24 points, followed by Colorado Mines (29), Western New Mexico (35), Colorado Mesa (54), Colorado Christian (58), Regis (63), Nebraska-Kearney (65) and Adams State (80).
Fort Lewis won the RMAC championship in 2010-11, barely beating UCCS. The Mountain Lions' fourth-place finish at the final of the four RMAC qualifying tournaments completed a spring swoon that saw UCCS fail to win the RMAC title for the first time since 2004. The Mountain Lions had won six straight conference championships.
Not surprisingly, no UCCS player was selected for the preseason All-RMAC team. The Mountain Lions graduated the core of its 2010-11 team and several other schools have returning golfers who ranked at the top of the league standings.
The Mountain Lions return three with NCAA Division II tournament experience, led by junior Spencer Biersdorff. Seniors Michael Tlghman and Mitch Buchner also return, as does sophomore Cory Thelen, who was on last year's roster but did not compete in a tournament.
To augment that base, UCCS coach Phil Trujillo has added a trio from Mesa Community College, which took back-to-back third-place national finishes (Edward Delashmutt, Kevin Witte and Grant Dean). Both Witte and Delashmutt were NJCAA All-Americans and Delashmutt was one of just 24 golfers nationally to be named to the 2011 All-Nicklaus Team.
The All-Nicklaus Team was created in 2008, and is not only named for history's greatest player but also a long-time supporter of collegiate and amateur golf, Jack Nicklaus. All-Nicklaus team members are considered the top collegiate men's golfers in Division I, II, III, the NAIA and the NJCAA.
Trujillo also added four highly regarded freshmen to the mix with Luke Condon from Monte Vista High School and Zach Tripp from Dakota Ridge High School coming from the Colorado prep ranks. Joining them are Logan Dix from Thunderbird High School in Phoenix and Patrick Skakel from Souhull School in Birmingham, England.
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