July 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Recent Michigan State men's golf graduate Dan Ellis was named a 2012-13 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, announced Wednesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). In total, now just 12 former MSU golfers have earned this prestigious honor.
"I'm so proud of the career Dan had here at MSU and look forward to seeing how this continues in his career after leaving East Lansing," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "He was a phenomenal student-athlete and a pleasure to coach. His selection makes four Spartans in our first two years. They have laid the foundation and expectations for those who will follow them."
Ellis earns the recognition for the second consecutive season, becoming the fourth Spartan to win the award twice, joining Chris Mory in 2011 and 2012, Jack Newman in 2009 and 2010, and John Koskinen in 2002 and 2003. Other MSU golfers who have taken home this honor include Dave Ellis in 2012, Jordan Ensrud in 2009, Chris Lemmon in 1995 and Dean Holland in 1985.
In all, a total of 152 Division I student-athletes, including only eight from the Big Ten, were honored this season.
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
A Negaunee, Mich., native, Ellis finished his Spartan career tied for 11th on the career scoring list at (75.00). Last season, he was second on the team with a 75.6 scoring average, including three top-20 showings. Academically, he graduated in May with a degree in general management, and has been a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and a 2013 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.