WSU Men's Golf Heads to MVC For Possible 21st Championship
The Wichita State University Men’s Golf team heads into this year’s Missouri Valley Conference with some really impressive statistics. Ranked first in the conference, which includes nine teams in total, the Shockers are well-positioned to take home a 21st MVC Championship.
That’s right, if the Shockers can secure a win at this year’s MVC, taking place at Cog Hill Golf Course and Country Club in Lemont, Illinois on April 24-25, they will bring home the 21st championship in the team’s history.
Head Coach Grier Jones
Of those wins, 14 have been under head coach Grier Jones, who spent 14 years on the PGA Tour, earning the distinction of Rookie of the Year in 1969, and a number of other titles. Jones was recognized as the Kansas Chapter PGA Teacher of the Year in August of 1995. Serving as the head golf professional at Terradyne Country Club prior to moving to Wichita State in 1996, Jones is also a member of the Professional Golfers Association. It’s under his direction that the team has made countless outstanding achievements in the past two decades.
In addition to MVC Championships in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, and in an eight-year streak running from 2008-2015, Jones has led the Shockers to 12 NCAA Regional Appearances, advancing twice to the NCAA Championships final site. Jones has been named the MVC Coach of the Year 13 times overall, while his players have reached All-MVC status 58 times. Eight of the 10 MVC Golfer of the Year awards have belonged to Wichita State athletes since the award's inception in 2007. Eleven different Shockers under Jones have brought home individual Missouri Valley Conference Championship honors, and in May of 2007 Jones was the only coach to be named to the MVC All-Centennial team.
2017 Wichita State University Men’s Golf Team
This success has turned eyes to Wichita State not only from around the country, but from around the world. This year’s team features three international students: Sophomore Yannik Emmert of Buchholz, Germany; Sophomore Adrien Michellod of Grone, Switzerland and Junior Erik Angesten of Uppsala, Sweden.
The roster is rounded out with Senior Grant Bennett of Prosper, Texas; Junior Jacob Bishop of Edmond, Oklahoma; Junior Gage Ihrig of Goodland, Kansas; Senior Max Mason of Long Lake Minnesota and Junior Conrad Walcher of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Shocker Men’s Golf Team MVC Stats
Of the eight players, three are ranked in the top ten of the MVC by golfstat.com, with Emmert ranked second, Bennett in sixth and Bishop in ninth. Bradley University has two players in the top ten, ranked first and eighth, Two players from Southern Illinois University ranked in the top ten, earning the fifth and tenth spots and Evansville and Illinois State each have one player in the top ten, ranking fourth and seventh respectively.
Though the Shockers lost their eight-year MVC championship streak when they were edged out of the championship by a mere 10 strokes in 2016, they’ve come back strong this season.
The Shocker men’s golf team has placed in the top ten at nine of eleven events this season, taking second at the Pro Compression Invitational in Rancho Sante Fe, CA. and third at both the Ram Masters Invitational in Fort Collins, CO. and the Herb Wimberley Invite in Las Cruces, NM.Rancho Sante Fe, CA. and third at both the Ram Masters Invitational in Fort Collins, CO. and the Herb Wimberley Invite in Las Cruces, NM.
In addition to 20 MVC Team Championships, Shocker men’s golf teams have been recognized with 19 individual All-conference Championships, 99 All-conference selections, 7 MVC Players of the Year, and 113 MVC Golfers of the Week.
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