The Jacks have a younger roster this season compared to last year. Gone are three seniors (graduation) from a team that won the program’s first tournament since 2009 and finished third at the Summit League Golf Championships.
But top golfer Hudson Carpenter is back for his final collegiate campaign and looking to build off of a junior season where he finished second in the Summit League in scoring average (73.04) and earned First Team All-Summit League honors.
Fellow senior Lukas Davison came on strong last spring and finished in the top-25 at the Summit League tourney in Keller, Texas. The Fargo native posted a scoring average of 76.36 in the 2012-13 season.
The other returner is sophomore Austin “AC” Sitter, who posted a 77.13 scoring average in his first season at SDSU.
One of the new faces to the Jackrabbit golf team is transfer Dylan Baker, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minn., who previously golfed at University of Idaho. Baker just won the South Dakota Golf Association’s (SDGA) Men’s Amateur title this past weekend by 5 strokes shooting 9-under par.
The other new Jackrabbits are freshmen, with Ian Rinken from Sioux Falls, S.D., Trevor Tobin from Pierre, S.D., and Grant Smith from Johnston, Iowa. Smith was the champion of the SDGA Men’s Match Play Championship in July.
With only four upperclassmen on the roster, the fifth spot in the Jackrabbit lineup is up for grabs for this incoming class. Head coach Jared Baszler wants the new additions to make an impact right away.
“Coming off a very strong summer of amateur golf, I expect the men to build on their momentum from last year. We will have to rely on our freshmen class to come in and contribute right away but they have the talent to do that. Our seniors Hudson Carpenter, Lukas Davison will provide the leadership this young squad will need," Baszler said.
SDSU begins the season in Victor, Idaho, for the Dual in the Tetons with Weber State on Aug. 31.