The Wright State golf team has been picked third as the 2017 Horizon League preseason poll was released Friday by the league office. Voting was done by the eight head coaches in the league.
The Raiders, who finished third in last year's Horizon League Championship, received 26 points while Cleveland State, the 2016 champion, was selected as the preseason favorite with six first-place votes and 42 points. Oakland was second with 30 points, followed by WSU, Valparaiso, Northern Kentucky, Detroit Mercy, Youngstown State and Green Bay.
WSU has six players returning from last season, including senior Ryan Wenzler, who was the league medalist last season and qualified as an individual for the NCAA Regionals in Franklin, Tennessee. This fall, Wenzler posted a 72.27 round average through 11 rounds, including a 66 during the Marshall Invitational on September 12.
Senior Austin Sipe recorded a 74.79 round average during the fall, including a 68 at the Marshall Invitational, while fellow senior Chris Rossi had a 75.43 round average.
Wright State kicks off the spring campaign at the Bash at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, March 13-14, and will compete in four tournaments overall, including hosting the Wright State Invitational April 3-4 at the Miami Valley Golf Club.
The Horizon League Championship is set for April 23-25 at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
The following is the 2017 Horizon League preseason poll: