By: Chad Waller, Director of Communications & Sports Information
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David Houlding of William Woods (Mo.) has been named the NAIA National Men’s Golfer of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. Houlding was selected based on his performance from April 14 – 20 and was chosen out of a pool of conference, independent and unaffiliated group winners.
Houlding, a freshman from Leeds, England, fired an 11-under round of 61 at the Williams Wood University Dual on April 17. The score set a new school record and sent the freshman to a first-place individual finish. With his effort, Houlding notched his second individual victory of the year. The Owls defeated NCAA Division III member Westminster (Mo.) by a 263-358 score, for their fifth-straight team win.
The final Men’s Golfer of the Week will be announced on April 30. For the complete 2014 Golfer of the Week schedule, click here.
Nominees: Evan Ball, Tennessee Wesleyan; Zach Mode, Corban (Ore.); Justin Doeden, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.); Austin Gass, St. Francis (Ill.); Nathan Edwards, Taylor (Ind.); Dalton Miller, Indiana Wesleyan; Charlie Phillips, Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio); Tanner Priest, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho); Matt Pitts, Morningside (Iowa); Ben Vetrovsky, Hastings (Neb.); Jose Acevedo, Bethany (Kan.); Gabe Vlasic, Ottawa (Kan.); Franklin Crist, Indiana East; Collins Holmes, Point Park (Pa.); Michal Pospisil, Cumberlands (Ky.); Nick Saunders, Shawnee State (Ohio); Brandon Collier, Campbellsville (Ky.); Deryk Speck, Haskell (Kan.); Byron Lindeque, William Penn (Iowa); Tyler Christians, Grand View (Iowa); Michael Strain, Jamestown (N.D.); Jorge Benitez, Davenport (Mich.); Ben Torchia, Lourdes (Ohio).
2014 NAIA National Men’s Golfers of the Week
Week 1 (March 19): Dylan Freeman, Coastal Georgia
Week 2 (March 26): Julian Taylor, William Woods (Mo.)
Week 3 (April 2): Nicolas Herrera, Bellevue (Neb.)
Week 4 (April 9): Julian Taylor, William Woods (Mo.)
Week 5 (April 16): James Marchesani, Oklahoma City
Week 6 (April 23): David Houlding, William Woods (Mo.)