Spring preview 2017: Summit League

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Spring preview 2017: Summit League

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Spring preview 2017: Summit League

As the college golf season is resumed, Golfweek will preview each automatic-qualifier conference in Division I, offering picks to win, midseason All-Conference teams and more.

For all of our conference previews, click here.

Next up: Summit League

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Men

Conference championship: April 30-May 2, Sand Creek Station Golf Club, Newton, Kan.

Defending champion: South Dakota State

Team rankings: Denver (120), South Dakota (171), South Dakota State (185), North Dakota State (191), Oral Roberts (202), Fort Wayne (205), IUPUI (232), Omaha (236), Western Illinois (259)

Midseason All-Conference team: Chris Korte, Denver (346); Cody Burrows, Oral Roberts (370); Petter Mikalsen, Denver (404); Cody Seal, South Dakota (492); Isaac Petersilie, Denver (597)

What to expect: The Pioneers may not be defending champions but they boast the best team by a significant margin, as well as two of the conference’s top three players at the moment (and three of the top five). Expect them to get a fight, but ultimately the Pioneers are the team to beat.

Pick to win: Denver

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Women

Conference championship: April 23-25, ArborLinks Golf Club, Nebraska City, Neb.

Defending champion: Denver

Team rankings: Denver (63), South Dakota State (66), Oral Roberts (141), North Dakota State (169), South Dakota (179), Western Illinois (200), IUPUI (220), Omaha (238), Fort Wayne (242)

Midseason All-Conference team: Mariell Bruun, Denver (170); Megan Mingo, South Dakota State (219); Brenna Lervick, South Dakota (224); Natalie Roth, North Dakota State (236); Jessica Carty, Denver (302)

What to expect: This conference could be a little bit more competitive this year. Denver is the three-time defending champion and cruised to a 52-shot victory at last year’s conference championship. But South Dakota State is much improved, nearly catching the Pioneers in the rankings and boasting two of the conference’s top three players. Could we see a changing of the guard this year? It’s eminently possible, but when it comes down to it, Denver’s experience in winning gives the Pioneers the edge to make it a four-peat.

Pick to win: Denver

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