Spring preview 2018: Summit League

Spring preview 2018: Summit League

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Spring preview 2018: Summit League

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

All of our conference previews will reside here.

Next up: Summit League

Men

Conference championship: April 29-May 1, Sand Creek Station GC, Newton, Kan.

Defending champion: South Dakota State

Team rankings: South Dakota (120), Denver (122), Oral Roberts (147), North Dakota State (154), South Dakota State (213), Fort Wayne (218), Nebraska-Omaha (233), Western Illinois (245)

Midseason All-Conference team: Chris Korte, Denver (246); Tom Vining, South Dakota (306); Jackson Solem, Denver (464); Andrew Israelson, North Dakota State (478); Cody Burrows, Oral Roberts (543)

What to expect: Two-time defending champion South Dakota State has struggled in 2017-18, and there are several teams that could step in to take the crown. South Dakota boasts the highest ranking, but barely. Denver is close behind and has the No. 1 and 3 players in the conference. This one is essentially a coin flip, but we give the Pioneers the edge due to bigger firepower.

Pick to win: Denver

Women

Conference championship: April 22-24, Arbor Links GC, Nebraska City, Neb.

Defending champion: Denver

Team rankings: Denver (21), North Dakota State (115), Oral Roberts (132), South Dakota State (143), Western Illinois (157), South Dakota (179), Nebraska-Omaha (227), Fort Wayne (242)

Midseason All-Conference team: Lauren Whyte, Denver (71); Mary Weinstein, Denver (107); Sophie Newlove, Denver (108); Natalie Roth, North Dakota State (150); Teresa Toscano, South Dakota State (278)

What to expect: Denver is the four-time defending champion. With a ranking almost 100 spots higher than their nearest competitor and the three best players in the conference, the Pioneers should have little trouble making this five in a row.

Pick to win: Denver

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