Burke, Fredensborg Complete Season
23 May 2016
Arkansas Tech University’s Caroline Fredensborg and Bryce Burke wrapped up the 2015-16 athletic season for the Golden Suns and Wonder Boys by competing in the NCAA Division II Golf Championships, which concluded on Saturday, May 21.
Fredensborg posted scores of 79-74-73-79 for a four-day total of 305 and a share of 39th place in the final individual standings. The women’s championship was contested at CommonGround Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
At nearby Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver, Colo., Burke finished tied for 81st in the men’s championship. He shot 76-77-74 for a 54-hole total of 227.
Fredensborg is a junior from Roskilde, Denmark, while Burke is a freshman from Johannesburg, South Africa.
GAC PLACES FOUR ON PING ALL-CENTRAL REGION TEAM
17 May 2016
NORMAN, Okla. – On Monday, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced its NCAA Division II PING All-Central Region team, which honored the top 12 golfers in the region. The Great American Conference placed four on the team - Southwestern Oklahoma State's Stefan Idstam and Jake Duvall and Arkansas Tech's Bryce Burke and Austin Smith.
Idstam became SWOSU's first three-time all-region selection in the NCAA Division II era and he's now earned the award during each season he's played for the Bulldogs. He finished in the top ten at six different tournaments, including a first-place finish at the Rattler Invitational in February. Additionally, Idstam was named a First Team All-GAC selection in 2016, his third straight all-conference honor.
Duvall earned an all-region selection for the second time after earlier this spring becoming SWOSU's first four-time all-conference golfer of the NCAA era. He recorded five top-ten finishes in ten tournaments this season, highlighted by a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Central/Midwest Super Regional.
Burke, the GAC Freshman and Player of the Year, became one of three freshmen named to the All-Region Team. He turned in six top-10 finishes in his 11 starts, highlighted by a win at the Northeastern State Fall Classic and a tie for third at the NCAA Central/Midwest Super Regional that earned him a spot in the NCAA National Championships.
Smith, a First-Team All-GAC selection, has finished outside the top-16 just twice in 11 events. He finished second at the Dave Falconer Classic, third at the Natural State Classic and earned All-Tournament honors at the GAC Championships by tying for fifth..
The Golf Coaches Association of America announced today the 2016 Div II Ping All- Regions teams.
28 May 2016
Bryce Burke, Arkansas Tech
Jake Duvall, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Stefan Idstam, Southwestern Oklahoma State
Teddy Jones, Central Missouri
Eric Kline, Central Oklahoma
Travis Mays, Central Missouri
Russ Purser, Central Oklahoma
Michael Schmitz, Winona State
Austin Smith, Arkansas Tech
Alex Springer, Central Missouri
Yente Van Doren, Lindenwood
Tate Williamson, Northeastern State
BURKE SWEEPS INDIVIDUAL HONORS AS GAC ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE HONORS
23 April 2016
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Arkansas Tech freshman Bryce Burke swept through individual honors, becoming the first men's golfer in Great American Conference history to be named both Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, as the GAC announced its all-conference teams on Saturday.
Burke was a unanimous selection to the all-Great American Conference First Team, and was joined on the first team by Wonder Boys teammate Austin Smith.
A native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Burke has recorded five top-ten finishes thus far, capturing medalist honors at the Northeastern State Fall Classic and runner-up finishes at the GAC Preview and Payne Stewart Invitational.
Smith, a native of Russellville, has finished outside the top-16 just once time in nine events. He finished second at the Dave Falconer Classic and third at the Natural State Classic.
Burke and Smith will lead the Wonder Boys into this weekend's Great American Conference championship tournament, teeing off Sunday and being played through Tuesday at the Hot Springs Country Club.
BURKE ADVANCES TO NATIONALS, WONDER BOYS FINISH 13TH AT REGIONALS
4 May 2016
ALLENDALE, Mich. – Bryce Burke fired a final round 73 to finish in a tie for third at the Midwest/Central Region Championships Wednesday afternoon, allowing him to advance to the NCAA D-II National Championships.
Fighting through difficult, rainy conditions at The Meadows at Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan, Burke's third round 73 was lowest final round score by all players in the field. Burke shot up 10 spots on the final day to punch his ticket to the national championships. Burke finished the tournament with an overall score of 220 (72, 75, 73, +7).
In just his first year with the Wonder Boys, Burke will compete in the NCAA D-II National Championships as a freshman. Burke is the first individual to advance to the national championships under head coach Luke Calcatera in his fifth season at the helm for Arkansas Tech.
As a team, the Wonder Boys shot the third-lowest team score in the final round to finish in a tie for 13th. Julio Arguelles fired a final round 77 to close out in a tie for 14th with a 13-over-par.
GAC ANNOUNCES 2016 MEN’S GOLF ALL-CONFERENCE AWARDS
23 April 2016
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Arkansas Tech’s Bryce Burke became the Great American Conference men’s golfer in league history to win both the GAC Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards in the same season, as announced at Saturday’s awards banquet from the Hot Springs Country Club. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Brad Fleetwood received the Coach of the Year award.
Burke recorded five top-10 finishes in his first season as a Wonder Boy. He took home medalist honors at the Northeastern State Fall Classic and added runner-up finishes at the GAC Preview and the Payne Stewart Invitational. His teammate, Austin Smith, also garnered First-Team All-GAC honors. He finished outside the top 16 just one time in nine events. His best results came at the Dave Falconer Classic, where he placed second, and the Natural State Classic, where he finished in third.
Fleetwood guided his Bulldogs to wins at the GAC Preview and the Bearcat Invitational. The team tallied six top-three finishes throughout the season. Stefan Idstam led three Bulldog representatives on the All-GAC teams. Idstam, a three-time All-GAC selection, recorded five top-10 results, including a win at the Rattler Invitational. Jake Duvall completed his career as a four-time All-GAC player as he earned Second-Team honors. His season included four top-10 finishes. Marques Gomez garnered a place on the Honorable Mention team. His season included a win at the Bearcat Invitational.
Like Southwestern Oklahoma State, Henderson State and Southeastern each placed three on the All-GAC squads. The Reddies’ Mauricio Lira joined Burke as the only unanimous selections to the First Team. He claimed wins at the Rattler Invitational and the HSU Invitational. Drew Greenwood, the medalist at the 2015 GAC Championships, landed on the Second Team. Twice he finished inside the top five. Price Murphree garnered a spot on the Honorable Mention Team. He carded six top-25 finishes during the season.
Mason Horner led the Savage Storm with a 73.58 scoring average to place on the All-GAC Second Team. He won at the Texoma Championship and tied for low honors at the Natural State Golf Classic. Zach James, the 2015 Freshman of the Year earned Second-Team honors and Marcos Sevilla received the second All-GAC nod of his career with a place on the Honorable Mention team. James finished in the top 10 in five of his final seven tournaments and Sevilla registered a pair of top-10 finishes during the season.
Harding’s Mason Banger and Southern Arkansas’ Kirk Peterson rounded out the All-GAC Second Team. Banger posted a team-best 74.65-stroke average, the third-best single-season average in Harding. He has finished in the top five twice this season. Peterson won twice this season; he claimed a victory at the Northwestern Oklahoma State Invitational and shared the Natural State Classic title with Southeastern’s Horner.
East Central’s Jordan Bates, Arkansas-Monticello’s Kinley Lee and Oklahoma Baptist’s Drew Posada filled out the Honorable Mention Team. Bates finished inside the top-seven at four tournaments, Lee led the Weevils in scoring average and Posada finished as low medalist at the GAC Preview and tied for low medalist at the Emmanuel College Tournament.
The GAC also recognized Southern Arkansas’ Kyle Gordon as the recipient of the Crafton Tull Elite Scholar Athlete award.