Three Spartans Named Big Ten Golfers to Watch for 2012-13
Seniors Dan and Dave Ellis, and sophomore McCormick Clouser earn preseason conference recognition.
Dan Ellis completed one of the best single season in Spartan golf history last year. He became the 12th Spartan to earn PING All-Region honors, in addition to being a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, just the 11th in program history. Ellis led MSU with a 73.06 stroke average in 2011-12, which ranked ninth on the Spartan single-season list. It was a breakout season for Ellis, whose previous season low was 75.4 as a sophomore. The Negaunee, Mich. native, led the Spartans in eight of the 11 stroke play events, 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 in 2011-12, joining his brother as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. 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.
Clouser made an immediate impact in his first season at Michigan State. The Bluffton, Ind. native, appeared in 11 of the 12 MSU events, posting a 74.76 scoring average. He posted four top-20 finishes, including a tie for 18th at the Big Ten Championship, which was second best on the team.
The Spartans open the season this weekend at the Northern Intercollegiate in Sugar Grove, Ill. on Saturday and Sunday.