The Golden Eagles received 14 points in the poll, one point above Upper Iowa University.

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s golf team was selected ninth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll released Thurs., Aug. 23 by the conference office. The Golden Eagles received 14 points in the poll, one point above Upper Iowa University.

    Connor Humble (So., Rosemount, Minn.) was picked as the NSIC Golfer to Watch from Minnesota Crookston. Humble finished tied for 16th at the 2018 NSIC Men’s Golf Championship. He shot his best round of the season at NSIC Men’s Golf Championship after carding a 75 in the second round. Humble notched an average of 81.3 as a freshman for the Golden Eagles.

    In addition to Humble, the Golden Eagles return Ben Koisti (Sr., Lake Norden, S.D.), Ethan Johnson (Sr., Roseau, Minn.), Brandon Brown (Sr., Stanchfield, Minn.), and Ben Lord (Jr., Brunswick, Maine). Koisti averaged 81.0 last season for Minnesota Crookston with a low round of 69. In addition to the returnees, the Golden Eagles have added four newcomers in Joey Kekke (Fr., Argyle, Minn.), Ethan Magsam (Fr., Crookston, Minn.), Ben Trostad (Fr., Crookston, Minn.), and Dylan Wenzel (Fr., Lino Lakes, Minn.).

    Minnesota State University, Mankato was picked to win the men’s golf title with 75 pints and five first-place votes. Winona State University received 73 points and three first-place votes, while Bemidji State University notched 64 points and two first-place votes.

    Michael Schmitz of Winona State was selected as the NSIC Golfer of the Year after earning All-NSIC First Team twice.

    The Golden Eagles open up the 2018-19 season Sept. 10-11 at the Bemidji State Invite at the Bemidji Town and Country Club in Bemidji, Minn.