Friday, May 17, 2013
The Northwestern College men's golf team had three players named to the NAIA PING All-North Region team announced Tuesday.
Juniors Ryan Kiewiet (Grundy Center, Iowa) and Neil Malenke (Orange City, Iowa) along with sophomore Jay Monahan (Spencer, Iowa) earned the national postseason honor.
A total of 60 players throughout the country were named to their respective All-Region Teams, which were divided into North, South, Central and West categories. The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) selected the honorees.
Kiewiet earned first team all-conference honors for the third straight year in 2013 and had the second lowest scoring average this season (73.7). He won two events, the Siouxland Invite and the Palace City Invite and finished in the top five in six of the seven events played. Kiewiet tied for fourth at the 72-hole GPAC Championship with a 295 (+10) after finishing as the runner-up last year.
Malenke, the 2013 GPAC men's golfer of the year, earned first team all-conference honors for the third time in his career. Malenke won the GPAC individual championship this spring, carding a four-round total of 283 (-2) and finished as the only golfer under par after the 72-hole championship. Malenke led the Red Raiders with a 71.8 scoring average, winning two events and placing in the top five in five meets.
Monahan, a two-time first team all-GPAC selection, recorded the third best scoring average on the team (73.8) and finished in the top 10 in all seven events played. He earned GPAC player of the week honors last fall and was the runner-up medalist at the GPAC Championship with a 287 (+2).
Northwestern, ranked 16th in the final NAIA coaches' poll, won the GPAC Championship and is currently playing in its second straight and fourth overall NAIA Men's Golf National Championship.