SJU’s Kopel wins NCAA Elite 90 Award for Men’s Golf

Kopel received his award at the May 13 NCAA Banquet. (Photo: Justin Sweeney)
Kopel received his award at the May 13 NCAA Banquet. (Photo: Justin Sweeney)

Saint John's University Sports Information Department

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – Saint John's University sophomore Preston Kopel (Sauk Rapids, Minn./Foley) is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Golf Championship.

An economics major with a 4.00 GPA, Kopel was presented with the award during the awards banquet held Monday night in Nicholasville, Ky. No. 15 SJU begins the NCAA Division III Championship at 7:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Keene Trace G.C. 

The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. Kopel's honor is the SJU golf program's second in the last three seasons as Mack Farley '17 achieved the honor in 2017.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

The national tournament appearance is SJU's 17th national-tournament appearance in the last 20 seasons; the third-most appearances during that span in Division III. The Johnnies have 14 top-15 finishes, including 11 in the top 10. SJU won back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008.

Kopel is second on the team with four rounds at par or better this season and fourth with a 75.9 average in 25 rounds. He averaged a 74.9 (+3.8) over his last three multi-round tournaments. 

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