The Valley City State University mens golf team played its first tournament of the spring season last week, finishing fourth of five teams at the Tuscon Invitational Games in Green Valley, Ariz.
On Wednesday, the Vikings opened the meet at Canoa Ranch Golf Club with a team score of 334, then shot 335 Thursday at Torres Blancas Golf Club. The team finished the two-day tournament with a total score of 669. University of Minnesota Crookston won the meet shooting a team score of 601.
VCSU’s top performers were Taylor Henrickson, who tied for 13th with a total of 165, Ryan Mehus, who finished 17th with 167, and Matt Sorenson, who finished tied for 18th with 168. Ryan LeNoue finished 20th with 169.
“I couldn’t be more grateful,” coach Nathan Stover said. “The opportunity for the golf program to spend our spring break in Arizona was a positive step to hopefully jumpstart the 2nd half of our season.”
The Vikings continue their season April 4–5 at the Dickinson State Invitational at the Heart River Golf Club in Dickinson.
Viking basketball teams go unranked in final NAIA polls
The Valley City State University mens and womens basketball teams both received votes in the final NAIA Division II basketball poll of the season, but neither could crack the top 25.
The women, who narrowly lost to No. 2 College of the Ozarks in the first round of the NAIA Division II Womens Basketball National Championship tournament, received twelve points in the final poll, placing them six spots out of the top 25.
The men, who went 20-10 and ended the season with a loss in the Association of Independent Institutions conference tournament, got 34 points, which left them four spots out of the top 25. During the season the team was ranked as high as 17th in the poll.
Additionally, the teams had three athletes named NAIA scholar athletes.
Mandi Bindas and Courtney Titus were named from the womens team and Dillan Ostrom was named from the mens team.
In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for the list.