Men's Golf Lands Three on MVC Scholar-Athlete Team

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Three members of the Creighton University men's golf team have landed a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete team, league officials announced today. Bluejay junior Jack Dressen was named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, while Austin Miller and John Rasmussen were honorable-mention choices.

Dressen is CU's first golfer named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team since Matt Kouri and Leigh Sutton won such accolades in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Bradley's Coby Thompson highlighted the 2011 MVC Men’s Scholar-Athlete First Team, which featured a total of nine student-athletes earning first-team scholar-athlete honors, and three others earning honorable-mention status.

Thompson, a 4.0 chemistry student at Bradley, is the lone three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete selection on this year's unit.  He, along with Illinois State's Jeff Kellen, were unanimous first-team selections.  Golf sports information directors in the conference voted for the award.  Earlier this spring Thompson had received the MVC's Elite 18 award, given to the qualifying student-athlete with the highest grade point average.

Thompson and Kellen are repeat first-team selections, while Drake's Cody Schweinefus and Evansville's Griffin Wood were honorable mention picks last year.  Those four are joined on the first team by Rafael Becker and Hunter Sparks of Wichita State; Jack Dressen of Creighton; Jake Erickson of Southern Illinois and Eric Meier of Illinois State.

Austin Miller and John Rasmussen of Creighton, and Michael Sainz of Evansville received honorable mention selection, by virtue of receiving a minimum number of votes.  

Five student-athletes selected to the scholar-athlete team also earned all-conference honors including Becker, Kellen, Schweinefus, Sparks, and Thompson.

Dressen, a junior from Edina, Minn., owns a 3.71 GPA in Health Administration Policy. He averaged 79.3 strokes per round, including two of par or better, with a low of 71. He played in 11-of-12 events and 28 rounds overall, including three top-20 finishes. He was 41st in the recently completed MVC Championships.

Miller owns a GPA of 3.304 while studying Finance & Marketing. The junior from Gering, Neb., played in all 12 events on the season and paced Creighton with 76.5 strokes per round. He had five rounds of par or better, including a pair of 70's. He had three top-five finishes, five top-10's, and seven top-20 showings. He tied for seventh at the 2001 MVC Championships.

Rasmussen, who owns a 3.593 GPA in Education & Mathematics, is a sophomore from Omaha. He played in 11 of the team's 12 tournaments and averaged 78.5 strokes per round, with a top loop of 71. He had one top-five finish, two top-10 finishes and five top-20 showings. He finished tied for 16th at the 2011 MVC Championships.

The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for academic Capital One Academic All-America® program.  Nominees must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale), while the student-athletes must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institutions and must have participated in at least 50 percent of his team’s rounds or played at the State Farm MVC Championship.

Wichita State won the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men's Golf Championship, April 25-26, at the Club at Porto Cima in Sunrise Beach, Mo.

2011 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Golf Scholar-Athlete Team
FIRST TEAM, School Yr. GPA Major / Hometown
%Rafael Becker, Wichita St So. 3.40 Undeclared / Sao Paulo (Brazil) Sidarta School
Jack Dressen, Creighton Jr. 3.71 Health Administration Policy / Edina (Minn.) High
Jake Erickson, Southern Illinois So. 3.64 Business Finance / Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart Griffin
%^Jeff Kellen, Illinois State Sr. 3.66 History / Rockford (Ill.) Rockford Lutheran
Eric Meier, Illinois State Jr. 3.49 Mathematics / Normal (Ill.) University High
%Cody Schweinefus, Drake Sr. 3.25 Management / Decorah (Iowa) High
%Hunter Sparks, Wichita State So. 3.31 Business Administration / Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City
%^Coby Thompson, Bradley Sr. 4.00 Chemistry / East Galesburg (Ill.) Knoxville
Griffin Wood, Evansville Jr. 3.35 Management / Boonville (Ind.) High

Honorable Mention Yr. GPA Major / Hometown
Austin Miller, Creighton Jr. 3.30 Finance & Marketing / Gering (Neb.) High
John Rasmussen, Creighton So. 3.59 Education & Mathematics / Omaha (Neb.) Millard South
Michael Sainz, Evansville Jr. 3.28 Mechanical Engineering / Elgin (Ill.) Larkin

^2010 first-team scholar-athlete selection; %2011 all-conference selection
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