FREELAND, Mich.--After posting his best season as a Bulldog, Adrian College junior Hayden Winch earned second-team All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association honors for the men's golf fall season, according to scoring average through six MIAA rounds that were comprised from four conference Jamborees and two rounds in the Fall Final.
"Hayden had a strong fall MIAA season," said Adrian head coach Ryan Williams. "He had a solid scoring average and he showed good consistency by never shooting worse than a 79 in any conference round. That was exactly what we needed out of Hayden and it is great to see him being honored for his strong performance. He is a motivated athlete, and I think this is just a start for him and a glimpse of what he can accomplish over the next two years."
Winch, a sports management major, led the Bulldogs with a 76.6 scoring average in five conference rounds for 12th in the conference. He recorded his season's best of 73 at the MIAA Jamboree#4 (Sept. 30), where he was 2-over-par and just one stroke off the medalist. He and his Bulldog teammates wrapped up the fall campaign at the MIAA Fall Final in Forest Akers over the weekend, when he shot a 79 and 76 for a 155 total over 36 holes.
"For me making second-team all-conference is a step in the right direction for me and motivates me to work harder this winter and spring so that I can crack the top-6 for first team (honors) next fall," said Winch, who also led the Bulldogs in overall scoring at 77.3 over 10 rounds. "My goal before the season started was just to play my best golf each round and keep taking steps forward to lead our team to improve everyday.
"Just falling short of top-4 in the conference as a team hurts, but gives us motivation to work harder this off-season," Winch continued. "Coach Williams really does a good job at practice helping us work on specific aspects of our games, and it's nice to be able to see the results of hard work paying off."
Adrian finished fifth in the conference race after recording a 314, 319, 301, 319, 311 and 308 for 1872 total strokes, or a 312.0 average.
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ALL-MIAA MEN'S GOLF Awards
Most Valuable Golfer
Grant Brettnacher, Trine
Grant Brettnacher, Trine
2019 Men's Golf All-MIAA First Team
Grant Brettnacher, Trine (3)
Carlos Coeto, Trine
Jack Crawford, Hope
Sam Holland, Calvin (3)
Jackson Jones, Kalamazoo
Nick Knowlton, Trine
Mitch Lowney, Trine
2019 Men's Golf All-MIAA Second Team
Drew Dykens, Hope
Parker Pickell, Kalamazoo
Cameron Ruge, Trine (2)
Daniel Settecerri, Hope (3)
Hayden Winch, Adrian
Notes: (#) Number of multi-time All-MIAA, including career first- and second-team honors; Due to a tie, seven players were named to first team