A Season-in-Review: 2019-2020 JWU Men’s Golf

A Season-in-Review: 2019-2020 JWU Men’s Golf

NORTH MIAMI, Fla. (June 1, 2020) – The 2019-2020 school year was shortened due to the COVID-19 Pandemic so we've decided to take a look back at this year and highlight the tremendous things our teams and student-athletes accomplished.  

We wrap up our 2019-2020 review with the JWU men's golf team. Looking to make the program's 20th-straight appearance in the NAIA National Championships, the Wildcats entered late March ranked No. 18 in the latest NAIA Men's Golf Coaches Top 25. However, that streak would have to be put on hold as the season was cut short. The most-successful program in JWU history produced eight top-10 finishes in nine events this past year.

2019-20 Season Stats (PDF l HTML)
GolfStat Rankings (Team l Individual)
National Rankings (NAIA l GCAA)

Key Moments:

- The Wildcats finished the shortened 2019-2020 season ranked No. 18 (NAIA Men's Golf Coaches Top 25), No. 18 (GolfStat), and No. 16 (Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll) – JWU has been ranked in the Top 25 every week since the program's inception (2000-2001)

- JWU ended the season with a team season stroke average of 305.78

- The Wildcat placed in the top 10 (team) eight times, including two top-5 finishes

- Four players ranked by GolfStat (Jens Bendiksen – 89th; Jack Tharrington – 105th; Gustav Tegel – 120th; Julius Boros – 132nd)

- In nine events this past season, JWU produced six top-10 individual finishes, including on top-5 result

- Jens Bendiksen named Academic All-District I Men's At-Large Team (05/21/20)

- Jens Bendiksen and Holden Berry earn Sun Conference All-Academic honors (05/20/20)

- Wildcats place sixth at San Antonio Shoot-Out (02/28/20)

- JWU ties for sixth at the Titan Winter Invitational (02/04/20)

- Three Wildcats finish in the top 10 at the Mid-South Classic (09/25/19)

- Men's golf places seventh at the Doc Glimmer (09/16/19)

Low Tournaments:

Tim Bender (76.44 season stroke average)

(+3) 73-74-72=219 – (t18th) Dave Adamonis Sr Invitational (Oct. 28-29, 2019)


Jens Bendiksen (75.15 season stroke average)

(-1) 75-65-69=209 – (9th) The Doc Glimmer (Sept. 14-15. 2019)


George Berglund (77.19 season stroke average)

(+10) 71-76-72=220 – (t37th) The Doc Glimmer (Sept. 14-15, 2019)


Holden Berry (81.33 season stroke average)

(+21) 78-74-85=237 – (t53rd) Dave Adamonis Sr Invitational (Oct. 28-29, 2019)


Julius Boros (76.33 season stroke average)

(+1) 70-71-76=217 – (t14th) Dave Adamonis Sr Invitational (Oct. 28-29, 2019)


Matt Maloney (76.44 season stroke average)

(+6) 74-71-71=216 – (t24th) The Doc Glimmer (Sept. 14-15, 2019)


Ziyi Shi (83.78 season stroke average)

(+19) 74-82-79=235 – (t50th) Dave Adamonis Sr Invitational (Oct. 28-29, 2019)


Jared Silva (76.93 season stroke average)

(+2) 73-73-72=218 – (t50th) Dave Adamonis Sr Invitational (Oct. 28-29, 2019)


Gustav Tegel (76.00 season stroke average)

(+5) 66-73-76=215 – (t21st) The Doc Glimmer (Sept. 14-15, 2019)


Jack Tharrington (75.89 season stroke average)

(-2) 69-68-71=208 – (4th) Miami Intercollegiate (Oct. 21-22, 2019)


Jonathan Verrill (82.67 season stroke average)

(+32) 82-84-82=248 – (59th) Dave Adamonis Sr Invitational (Oct. 28-29, 2019)


Award Winners:

Academic All-District I® Men's At-Large Team, selected by CoSIDA
Jens Bendiksen

Sun Conference All-Academic Team
Jens Bendiksen
Holden Berry


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About JWU Athletics: JWU Athletics is home to more than 150 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 1998, JWU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference. Athletic events are held the Wildcat Center and the Miami Shores Recreation Complex (9825 NE 7th Ave., Miami Shores, FL 33138)

About JWU: Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry-focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university's impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit jwu.edu.


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