Profancik Three-peats as SLIAC Player of the Year


O’FALLON, Mo. – For the third consecutive year, Maryville University’s Nick Profancik is the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Men’s Player of the Year with a 52-hole score of 222 (73-76-73). Through his individual effort, he also helped the Saints win the team title at the 2009 SLIAC Championships held at The Falls Golf Club at Turtle Creek.

Head golf coach Glenn Paulus was named the 2009 SLIAC Coach of the Year after leading the Saints to the fifth SLIAC title in Maryville’s history. The team receives an automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships, to be held at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., May 13-16.

“These guys have worked hard all year both on the golf course and also in the classroom—in fact, I’m more proud of their academic achievements than I am of their golf success,” Coach Paulus said. “We were expected to win the conference, but sometimes the hardest thing to do is to win when you’re expected to. These guys stayed focused and I can’t be more proud of them.”

Profancik is only the second men’s golfer in SLIAC history to earn the honor three times.

“(Winning Player of the Year award for the third straight year) feels great and is a huge testament to the hard work and great teammates,” Profancik said.

Three Saints players finished in the top 10 and posted a three-round score of 928, 23 strokes ahead of the second place team. Profancik’s 73 was the low score in the first round, and Maryville’s Tony Skurat (81-73-75–229), who tied for third place, had a low of 73 in the second round.

Profancik and Skurat both earned First Team All-SLIAC honors. Sam Carlson (77-80-82–239) was given Second Team All-SLIAC honors.