Local Standout Signs With Men's Golf
Neal Stafford
Neal Stafford

June 26, 2012

The Missouri State men's golf team has received a commitment from a local high school standout to join the Bears for the 2012-13 season. Head coach Neal Stafford has announced the signing of Mitch Mather of Lebanon, Mo., to a national of letter of intent, bringing to four the number of incoming freshmen for the upcoming season.

Mather was medalist in five of his eight tournaments at Lebanon High School as a senior, captured the Ozark Conference title, was district runner-up, sectional co-champion and went on to finish 18th at the Missouri Class 4 High School Championship.

He placed 13th at the American Junior Golf Association's Preseason Junior at Brookhaven last summer and finished 27th at the AJGA's Bass Pro/Payne Stewart Championship in Springfield. Mather also was the Missouri Golf Association Heironymous Junior Series Champion and Missouri Junior Amateur runner-up in 2010.

"I'm really pleased to have Mitch joining our team," said Stafford. "He's accomplished a lot in the relatively short time he's been playing competitive golf, so we're excited about his prospects and what he can bring to our program."

Mather will join RayVaun Christenson of Springfield, Joey Johnson of Ozark and Brik Brauburger of Bella Vista, Ark., in MSU's freshman class in the fall.

The Bears took second place at this past season's Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Hutchinson, Kan., their best league finish since 2000.



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