Defending SSAC Champion Dalton State (Ga.) was picked to repeat in the 2019-20 SSAC Men's Golf Coaches' Preseason Poll.
2019-20 SSAC Men's Golf Coaches' Preseason Poll
1. Dalton State (Ga.) – 81 (9)
2. William Carey (Miss.) – 71
3. Mobile (Ala.) – 54
4. Loyola (La.) – 53
5. Martin Methodist (Tenn.) – 51
6. Faulkner (Ala.) – 38
7. Blue Mountain (Miss.) – 24
8. Bethel (Tenn.) – 22
9. Brewton-Parker (Ga.) - 11
The Roadrunners picked up all nine first place votes and welcome back an experienced and talented roster that includes 2019 Jack Nicklaus Award semifinalist and SSAC Player of the Year Ben Rebne, 2019 SSAC Freshman of the Year Zach Womack, as well as tournament individual medalists Sport Allmond and Matthew Cleary.
Senior Eli Hendricks is back too along with the addition of freshman Tucker Windham from Ft. Oglethorpe.
A new NAIA Tournament venue threw the team for a loop as they missed the cut after winning the SSAC Tournament, but the team is looking for redemption this season and have their heights set on a national title.
Dalton State Head Coach Ben Rickett: "It's always an honor when your peers vote you in that position in the conference, but we have yet to hit a golf shot. The conference championship is nine months away and a lot can happen in that period of time. The conference is getting stronger each year and we have to continue our process and take care of what we can control. We will get another opportunity to see the course at the preview in February and see where we stand at that point. Just exciting to get another season going."
The five-time defending SSAC Tournament Champions will begin their season on Sept. 9 and 10 in the Memphis Shootout at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tn.