The Siena men's and women's golf teams are set to take aim at Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships this weekend in Florida. The 2017 MAAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships will take place Friday through Sunday at Disney's Magnolia Golf Course in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
The 54-hole event commences on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m., with the men teeing off from the front nine and the women from the back nine. The Siena women will be paired for the First Round with Hartford and Dayton, and the first pairing will tee off from the 10th hole at 8:15 a.m. Meanwhile the Siena men will be in the final grouping with Manhattan and Fairfield, with the first pairing teeing off from Hole No. 1 at 9 a.m.
Live scoring will be provided for all three men's and women's rounds by clicking the corresponding links at the top of the page. Sunday's Final Round will be broadcast on ESPN3 beginning at 10 a.m., and can be watched by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. The men's and women's champions will receive the MAAC's automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. The 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship Selection Show will be televised on the Golf Channel on Apr. 27 at 11 a.m., with the men's set for the following Thursday, May 4 at noon also on the Golf Channel.
Siena College has been the most decorated school in MAAC Men's and Women's Golf Championship history, as the Saints have combined to win 17 titles. The Siena women have captured a league-record 13 titles - all of which came during a 14-season span from 2001-14 - while the men have won four championships, which is tied with Iona for the most of any current MAAC men's program.
The Siena men are the defending MAAC Championships, preseason favorites, and seeded first of nine competing men's teams this weekend. The Saints won the program's fourth championship - and first in nine years - following an historic Final Round last April.
Siena rallied from six strokes back entering the Final Round to forge a tie for first with Manhattan, and then defeated the Jaspers on the first playoff hole to capture the crown. The Saints' Sunday score of 284 was the second lowest Final Round score in MAAC Tournament history (Loyola - 283 in 2013), and the program's lowest conference tournament round ever.
The Siena men are led by senior Scott Kim, who sunk the decisive putt in last year's playoff. Named the MAAC Golfer of the Month for September and MAAC Golfer of the Week on Mar. 29, Kim leads the Saints with a scoring average of 75.74. He's posted four, top-10 finishes in 2016-17, and fired a pair of season-low rounds of 71. Freshman Jake Holt also earned MAAC Golfer of the Week acclaim Mar. 25, and checks in right behind Kim with a scoring average of 75.95. Holt holds two of the Saints' three lowest scoring individual rounds this year, having carded a pair of rounds of 69.
"There are alot of talented teams in the MAAC, and each and every one of them has a great chance of winning the championship this year," said head coach Steven Jensen, who led the Saints to a MAAC Championship in his first season last spring. "We've had a few injuries this spring, but we're finally back to 100% and should be ready to defend our title. I think that the keys for us will be to be ourselves and to be able to deal with the challenges that we face on the course. The team that does that the best this week will be the team that wins the championship."
The Siena women are the No. 5 seed for the MAAC Championships, after being picked to finish fourth out of nine teams according to the preseason coaches' poll. The Saints came in third at last year's MAAC Championships.
The Saints have been paced for the past several seasons by now senior Kristen Bromley, who has posted consecutive third place finishes at the previous two MAAC Championships. Bromley finished tied for 10th overall as a freshman in helping lead the Saints to their 13th and most recent MAAC Championship in 2014. Named the MAAC Golfer of the Week on Mar. 15, Bromley leads Siena with a 78.93 scoring average.
"The team has improved with each tournament this spring, and I think that we're coming into the MAAC Tournament in good form," noted head coach Dave Wronowski, who has led the Saints to eight MAAC Championships and each of the program's two NCAA Tournament appearances in his 12 seasons at the helm. "We are very capable of winning, but we'll need to minimize mistakes and make good decisions for all 54 holes."
For more information on the 2017 MAAC Men's and Women's Golf Championships, click the MAAC Tournament Central link at the top of the page. Social media updates will be provided throughout the weekend by following @SienaSaints on twitter, and fans can join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACGolf.