GOSHEN — A noteworthy senior season on the golf course has earned Alec Dutkowski the Taylor University Male Athlete of the Year award for the 2018-19 school year.
The NorthWood High School graduate capped off the season by placing second in the NAIA Men’s National Golf Championship and becoming a four-time NAIA All-American.
Dutkowski is the first four-time All-American in the history of the Taylor program.
The award is designed to recognize Taylor’s top male student-athlete based on athletic accomplishments throughout the current year. Athletes are nominated for the award by their head coach and voted on by members of the TU Athletics Department.
“Alec has been an incredible ambassador for Taylor University and our men’s golf program over the last four years,” said head men’s golf coach Cameron Andry in a statement about the award on the school’s web site. “His accomplishments on the course speak for themselves but what is so impressive about Alec is the way he cares for others and lives out his faith authentically. He has lifted our program to new heights and has set the standard for what being a great player and a great teammate looks like.”
Dutkowski closed his record-setting career on the links for the Trojans by claiming his third Crossroads League Player-of-the-Year honor, fourth All-CL selection and fourth Ping All-Region Team award, while leading TU to a fourth-straight Crossroads League Championship and a second-straight top-10 team finish at NAIA Nationals.
The NorthWood product won three tournament and was ranked No. 11 in the NAIA individual ratings this past season.
He fired a school-record 64 in the final round of the NAIA Nationals to force a playoff for individual medalist. Mark David of Coastal Carolina birdie the first hole to win the playoff.
Dutkowski’s name is prominent in the Taylor golf program’s record book, setting new marks with 10 tournament titles, a career scoring average of 73.11, 122 rounds played, 47 rounds of par or better, 399 birdies and 21 eagles.
Besides holding the record for the lowest 18-hole score, Dutkowski posted nine of the 10 lowest rounds in the history of the program.
As a junior, Dutkowski was a finalist for the NAIA Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award.
•Seniors Evan Beck (Goshen) and Luke Rush (Goshen) were among 20 Goshen College athletes named to the All-Crossroads League academic team for the 2019 spring semester.
In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must have reached junior status academically with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and must have been nominated by their institution.
•Senior Holyn Eldridge (Concord) posted a 6-1 record at No. 2 singles (4-1 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference) this spring for the Franklin Grizzlies. Eldridge had a 7-1 mark (5-1 HCAC) at No. 2 doubles with fellow senior Alexa Schofner and 1-0 at No. 2 with freshman Maddie Bright.
•Indiana Wesleyan sophomore Kyle Mangas (Warsaw) has been honored the 2019 Crossroads League Male-Student Athlete of the Year.
Mangas led the Wildcats to Crossroads League regular season and tournament championships in 2019 and a berth to the NAIA Elite Eight. He finished the season averaging 23.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists while shooting 56.0 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from 3-point range. He scored 801 points this season, which is second only to his record of 818 points from last season.
For the second consecutive season, Mangas was named NAIA All-American First Team, Crossroads League Player of the Year, NAIA All-Tournament Team and All-Crossroads League First Team.
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