Pioneers Picked First In Summit League Preseason Poll
Newlove and Whyte tabbed as golfers to watch
Jan. 18, 2018
ELMHURST, Ill. – The University of Denver women’s golf team was picked first in the preseason Summit League poll in a release by the league on Thursday. The first-place selection marks the fifth straight year the Pioneers have been atop of the preseason rankings.
DU received seven out of eight first-place votes, as coaches cannot vote for their own team.
“It is an honor to be selected as the best team in the league with the preseason poll,” head coach Lindsay Kuhle said. “Our ladies had an excellent fall and continue to improve every day at practice and during rounds. This group of ladies are competitive, hard-working to achieve their goals, and determined individuals and I am excited to see the ladies compete this spring. We have some lofty goals this year but I am confident in these ladies and cannot wait to see them continue to improve and progress.”
Senior Lauren Whyte and junior Sophie Newlove were tabbed as “Golfers to Watch” by the league. The duo are coming off a tremendous fall season, helping power Denver to a No. 20 ranking by Golfstat to end the fall season and two team victories for the squad.
The two rank first and second in the Summit League in scoring average with Newlove first at 72.1 and Whyte at 72.2.
Newlove has dominant this year, already notching a top-five performance after tying for fourth at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate back in early October.
“Sophie was very consistent for us this fall,” Kuhle said. “She has the ability to make a lot of birdies out there because of her length and consistency. She is a competitor and hard worker and has improved her stroke average from freshman year to this fall by seven strokes. I couldn’t be more proud of her maturity and growth in the past two years and know she will compete with the best players again this spring.”
Whyte has shown her all-around game off this year, resulting in five rounds already at par-or-better. The Scotland native did lock up one top-10 finish in the fall, taking 10th at the Ron Moore Women’s Intercollegiate.
“Lauren had a tremendous fall; her consistency and ability to go low was incredible,” Kuhle said. “She is highly capable of shooting par-or-better every time she tees it up. I’m really proud of the work she’s put into her game this past year, her confidence and leadership.”
The Pioneers open up the spring portion of their schedule with a dual against defending NCAA Champion Arizona State on January 28.
DU begins tournament play with the Allstate Sugar Bow Invitational Championship on February 18 in New Orleans.
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