Men's Golf Inks Pair of Local Standouts
Head Coach Neal Stafford
Head Coach Neal Stafford

Nov. 15, 2011

The Missouri State men's golf program didn't have to go far for its latest recruiting class. Bears' coach Neal Stafford has announced the signing of RayVaun Christenson of Springfield and Joey Johnson of Ozark to national letters of intent for the 2012-13 academic year.

Christenson is a three-time all-conference performer at Glendale High who placed 11th at the Class 4 state tournament last season. He is ranked eighth among Missouri seniors by National Junior Golf Scoreboard and also has posted three top-10 finishes in national competition over the last two summers. Christenson placed sixth at the Bubba Conlee National this past June and, the previous summer, was sixth at the AJGA Kansas City Lockton and 10th at the Columbus (Ohio) Junior.

"I've watched RayVaun grow up and develop into a good player," Stafford said. "He has a lot of charisma and will bring lots of energy to our team. He has a tremendous amount of talent and loves to compete."

Johnson has been homeschooled, but competed in high school tournaments for Christ Prep Academy in Kansas City. He is the fifth-rated senior in Missouri according to the NJGS and won the William Jewell and Blue Ridge Christian Invitationals last season. Johnson was a quarterfinalist at the Missouri Junior Match Play the last two summers, while finishing second and fourth, respectively, at the 2010 and 2011 Missouri Junior Amateur. He also placed fifth at the AJGA Bass Pro/Payne Stewart Junior Championship at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield in August.

"Joey's an all-around solid guy with an even temper and a smooth golf swing," said Stafford. "He's a great athlete and a tough competitor."

"Southwest Missouri has produced some great players over the years," he added, "and I look forward to these two adding to that legacy."



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