A pair of Missouri State men's golfers have been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team. Juniors Brad Carpenter and Kory Franks have earned recognition for their work in the classroom for the second consecutive year, while junior Jack Knoesel received honorable mention.
Carpenter is a repeat first team selection, having received the league's prestigious Elite 17 Award a year ago. He sports a 3.65 grade-point average while majoring in Finance. Carpenter compiled a 73.53 scoring average this season and earned medalist honors at the season-opening Sam Hall Intercollegiate at Southern Miss.
Franks moved up to the first team this year after receiving honorable mention last year. He has a 3.63 GPA while also majoring in Finance. He posted a 73.06 scoring mark and had eight top-20 finishes for the Bears.
Knoesel also was an all-conference player on the course, ranking second on the team with a 72.38 scoring average and finishing ninth at the MVC Championship. He has a 3.22 GPA and is majoring in Marketing.
Carpenter and Franks are joined on the first-team unit by Drake Bushong, Zach Jewell and Michael Mounce of league champion Bradley; Michael Doherty of Valparaiso; David Perkins of Illinois State; and Peyton Wilhoit of Southern Illinois. Others on the honorable mention squad with Knoesel include Dirk Kuehler and Hunter York of Southern Illinois; Kyle MacDonald of Drake; and Mitchell Wittmann of Valparaiso. The Scholar-Athlete Team was voted on by the league's golf sports information directors.
The criteria for the MVC scholar-athlete team parallels the CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) standards for the 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 her team's rounds or played at the MVC Championship.
The Bears tied for fourth at the MVC Championship last week (April 23-24) in Cape Girardeau, Mo.