Mesa’s Bingaman is RMAC preseason golfer of the year
The Colorado Mesa University men’s golf team caught the attention of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II in its third season last year.
The Mavericks, who took 12th in the Super Regional and tied for second in the RMAC, are picked to finish third in the RMAC preseason coaches poll, which was released Thursday. Defending champion Colorado School of Mines is favored to win the RMAC again. CSU-Pueblo is picked second.
Senior Brandon Bingaman is the coaches preseason pick for golfer of the year.
The Fruita Monument High School graduate placed 29th in the NCAA Division II Super Regional, made the PING All-Central Region team, the All-RMAC second team and was the RMAC academic player of the year last season.
He is one of four returning players who participated in the RMAC postseason tournament and NCAA Super Regional along with Sean Robbins, Matt Weiss and Ryan Church. Coach Paul Brown added three junior college transfers and a freshman he expects to compete for the five playing spots. They are junior transfers Kyle Roll and Kalen Gunderson and freshman Chris Aiken of Cortez.
“I’m looking forward to being a better team than we were last year,” Brown said. “Sean and Brandon have proven they’ll be good.”
The Mavericks received an invitation to the Golf Week Intercollegiate tournament, usually reserved for the top 20 teams in the nation, Brown said.
Colorado Mesa opens the season Sept. 16–17 with its own invitational at The Bridges at Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose.
The Colorado Mesa women’s team received one first-place vote and is picked by the coaches to finish third in the RMAC with one returning player from its national tournament team.
That player, senior Michelle Stripp of Glenwood Springs, made the All-RMAC preseason team.
Western New Mexico is the preseason favorite with three first-place votes. CSU-Pueblo received four first-place votes and is picked second.
CSU-Pueblo junior Domi DiNallo is the preseason player of the year.