May 9, 2013
BAY CITY, Mich. - The Grand Valley State men's golf team placed three on the All-GLIAC First Team, it was announced recently by the conference office. Junior Chris Cunningham (Milford, Mich.), junior Joel Siegel (Sparta, Mich.) and sophomore Jack Rider (Kalamazoo, Mich./Hackett) were all named to the top team.
The All-GLIAC teams are determined by the stroke average of the players' 10 best rounds, including their three rounds in the GLIAC Tournament.
Cunningham this year posted four top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes, including a fifth-place finish at this week's NCAA Division II Midwest/Central Regional Tournament, advancing him to the NCAA Division II National Championship as an individual. His stroke average for his 10 best rounds was 73.1, the second-best in the conference. It's the second straight year that Cunningham has been named First Team All-GLIAC.
Siegel earned an automatic spot on the All-GLIAC First Team by winning GLIAC Medalist honors at the GLIAC Tournament in the fall. However, Siegel's stroke average of 73.3 was good for third in the conference and a spot on the first team all by itself. Siegel won the GLIAC Medalist honors with a three-round total of 208 (-8), including a final round 65 (-7), the lowest round in school history. On the year, Siegel had two top-five finishes.
Rider's 73.8 stroke average was the fifth-best in the GLIAC, and he recorded three top-10 finishes on the year. His best finish came at the Great Lakes Fall Regional back in October, when Rider finished in a tie for sixth with a two-round score of 146 (+2). His best round of the season came at Midwest Regional #3 in April, when he shot a final round 69 (-3) to help him finish at 146 (+2) and in a tie for 17th.
Wayne State swept the postseason awards, as Eric Johnson was named GLIAC Player of the Year, Tyler LaSerra was the GLIAC Freshman of the Year, and Mike Horn was GLIAC Coach of the Year.