ST. GEORGE — The 2019 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference runner-up Dixie State men’s golf team landed four players on the 2018-19 All-RMAC team, as announced on Thursday by the conference office based on the official Golfstat player rankings.
Senior Nicklaus Britt and freshman Triston Gardner both earned first team all-RMAC honors, while Gardner was also tabbed as the conference’s Freshman of the Year. In addition, sophomore Spencer Wallace and freshman Noah Schone collected second team all-conference accolades.
Britt (Fillmore, Utah/Millard HS) posted three top-10 finishes in 10 events this season, highlighted by his second-straight individual conference crown as he claimed medalist honors at the 2019 RMAC Championships last week in Chandler, Arizona. Britt finished with a three-round score of 13-under par 200 for the championship, which broke his own school 54-hole scoring record of 202 he set at the 2017 Pacific West Conference Championships.
The senior also recorded a runner-up finish at the Academy of Art-hosted Bay Area Invitational in February and tied for ninth at the DSU Fall Regional Preview last October. Britt leads the Trailblazers with a 73.15 stroke average with a co-team high 11 par or better rounds, including a pair of 5-under 66s carded at the RMAC Championships.
Gardner (Ivins, Utah/Snow Canyon HS) also tied Britt for the team lead with 11 rounds of par or better and is currently second in scoring average at 73.23. The freshman notched three top-10 showings in nine events in his debut season, including back-to-back top-10s at the Western Washington Viking and Western New Mexico events last fall, which came in just his second and third collegiate starts, respectively. Gardner also tied for ninth at Dallas Baptist and tied for 20th at the RMAC Championships last month.
Wallace (Layton, Utah/Layton HS) recorded a pair of top-10 showings in nine starts so far this season, which included his second-straight conference runner-up finish last week at the RMAC Championships as he finished two strokes behind Britt as DSU swept the top-two spots on the player leaderboard. Wallace fired back-to-back bogey-free rounds of 6-under 65 in the final two rounds of the RMAC event.
In fact, Wallace played his final 39 holes of the RMAC tournament in 14-under par with a combined 14 birdies and no bogeys, which helped him vault up from a tie for 16th after round one to a runner-up RMAC showing. Wallace wound up third on the team with a 73.65 scoring average in 26 competitive rounds with nine rounds of par or better.Comment on this story
Schone (Washington, Utah/Pine View HS) was the lone Trailblazer player to compete and finish all 10 season events and recorded top-20 showings in three of those outings, highlighted by a tie for seventh in his first collegiate start at the Saint Martin’s Men’s Invitational (9/21-22). The freshman also tied for 11th in the spring WNMU Intercollegiate and solo 18th at the fall WNMU tourney, while he tied for 29th at the RMAC Championships. Schone is fourth on the team with a 74.24 scoring average in a team-high 29 competitive rounds with nine total rounds of par or better.
Dixie State will make its 11th straight NCAA postseason appearance as the host institution for the 2019 West/South Central Regional Championships, which will be held next week, May 9-11, at The Ledges Golf Club in St. George.