July 26, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A trio of Michigan State men's golfers - juniors Dan and Dave Ellis, and senior Chris Mory - were named 2011-12 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars, announced Wednesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). It was the most Spartans all-time in a single season, and in total just 11 former MSU golfers have earned this prestigious honor.
"Of all the accomplishments you can have in college golf, being an Academic All-American is such a wonderful recognition," said Spartan head coach Casey Lubahn. "This is a combination of being stellar in the classroom and on the golf course. In Chris, Dan and Dave, we are so proud of what these guys have done for our program. It is always one of our proudest days to be able to share this recognition with these special young men.
"As I tell all our players, being a champion comes from doing all the little details needed to excel. This award exemplifies what we want our program to stand for and character and values of these great Spartans."
In all, a total of 146 Division I student-athletes, including only 10 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.
Mory earns the recognition for the second consecutive season, becoming the second Spartan to win the award twice, joining Jack Newman in 2009 and 2010, and John Koskinen in 2002 and 2003. Other MSU golfers who have took home this honor include Jordan Ensrud in 2009, Chris Lemmon in 1995 and Dean Holland in 1985.
Earlier this summer, Dan Ellis became the 12th Spartan to earn PING All-Region honors, after completing a career season. Ellis led MSU with a 73.06 stroke average this season, which ranked ninth on the Spartan single-season list. It was a breakout season for Ellis, whose previous season low was 75.4 last year. The Negaunee, Mich. native, led the Spartans in eight of the 11 stroke play events this season, posting top-20 showings in seven of those events and top-5 in four. He tied for fifth at Big Ten Championship, earning all-championship honors in the process, and was just the third Spartan to qualify to the NCAA Regionals as an individual.
Dave Ellis also had a breakout campaign for the Green & White. He appeared in a career-high nine events, including all seven spring tournaments, while posting a career low 74.16 scoring average which ranked second on the team behind his brother. He opened the season with a career-best finish, tying for eighth at the Fossum Invitational, and finished his junior season with a 20th place showing at the Big Ten Championships. He also earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar honors for the second straight season.
Mory was third on the team with a 74.22 stroke average, after competing in all 12 Michigan State events this season. He was second on the squad with four top-10 and six top-20 finishes. Mory concluded his solid Spartan career, ranking 12th on the MSU career scoring list at 75.04.