Bears Golf Pair Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars
July 29, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. - Missouri State men's golfers Nick Langley and Eric Straub have been named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars as announced on Tuesday. A total of 209 players in Division I, 75 in Division II and 11 in NAIA earned the honor, with Langley and Straub being the fourth and fifth golfers to be recognized in school history joining Jeff Allen in 2001, Julien Duxin in 2003, and Daily Young in both 2012-13 and 2013-14.
"I can't say enough about what both Eric and Nick have meant to our program," said head coach Neal Stafford. "They have both been the definition of student-athlete."
Langley posted a 75.79 scoring average in his senior season. The native of Manchester, Mo., led the Bears in the UALR/First Tee Classic after finishing in a tie for 7th and shooting 72-69-82--223. His 7th place finish and second-round 69 at Little Rock were both career bests.
"Eric had a tremendous career both on and off the golf course," said Stafford. "He carried the torch for our program during his time here and always represented us with high class in all his endeavors. I was honored to be a part of his career at Missouri State."
Straub averaged 75.9 over 31 rounds in his final season for the Bears. The fifth-year senior from Paducah, Ky., started the season with two top-10 finishes in his first three outings this season, including a tie for fifth at the SIUE Derek Dolenc Invitational with 74-74-70--218, which was a career-best 54-hole total and finish. Straub lowered his nearly two strokes per round from his junior campaign.
"Nick was also a huge part of our program from the time he stepped on campus," added Stafford. "For him to have this as a goal his last couple years and see it realized his senior season really shows his level of hard work and dedication. His focus and attention to detail day in and day out made our team better. These two young men have led our program to a higher standard and I will always be grateful to them for that."
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, 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.