Bell Named Summit League Newcomer of the Year

Bell Named Summit League Newcomer of the Year

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. –  Oral Roberts freshman Sarah Bell has been named the 2018-19 Summit League Newcomer of the Year, it was announced Wednesday with the release of the 2018-19 Summit League Women's Golf award winners by the league office.

Bell was tabbed the Newcomer of the Year after registering a school record 73.7 stroke average, the third-best stroke average in the league. Bell turned in six top-10 finishes during her rookie season, including a third-place finish at The Summit League Championship, which helped the Golden Eagles secure a runner-up finish. She was a first team All-Summit League selection and also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team. 

Denver's Mary Weinstein became the first player since Oral Roberts' Candice Satow in 2003 to earn Golfer of the Year accolades a year after being named the League's Newcomer of the Year. Weinstein captured Championship MVP honors with a record-tying score of 217 (+1) in late April and led the league with a 72.8 stroke average, which was the second lowest single-season mark in DU history. She also owned a league-best seven top-10 finishes during her junior season.

Weinstein's head coach, Lindsay Kuhle, racked up her fifth Coach of the Year honor in six seasons as a league member and sixth overall (WAC; 2013) since taking over the DU program prior to the 2012-13 season. Kuhle led the Pioneers back to the winner's circle at the 2019 Championship, besting the nine-team field by 27 strokes in Newton, Kan., to advance to their 18th-straight NCAA Regional and seventh in a row under her guidance.

All three awards were determined by a vote of the league's head coaches.

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