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Four Men’s Golfers Earn Scholar-Athlete Honors

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Friday that 147 men’s golf student-athletes have been named 2016 Daktronics-NAIA Men’s Golf Scholar-Athletes. Columbia College men’s golfers Levi Elder, Hunter Parrish, Erik Peyton and Zach Rockers have been honored.

Elder, a native of Jefferson City, Mo., earns the award for the second time in his career. Levi recently graduated with a degree in mathematics and finished with a GPA of 3.97. During his senior campaign, he led the Cougar’s Silver Team to a 9th place team finish at the WWU Invite after finishing in a tie for 16th place with a two-day score of 153 (75-78, +9). In addition, Elder aided the Cougar’s silver team to a third place finish at the CMU Eagle Open after placing 28th overall with a 156 (+14). Levi was also named to the Academic All-AMC team.

Parrish takes home the honor for the first time in his career. Originally from Washington, Mo., Hunter is currently pursuing his master’s degree in business administration and finished with a GPA of 3.5. In his final season with the Cougars, Hunter led the team to three first place team finishes and a third place finish at the American Midwest Conference (AMC) championships. Individually, Hunter had six top ten performances and four runner-up finishes including a second place finish at the AMC Championships with a 1-under par 215 (72-73-70).

Peyton receives the award for the second straight year. Erik, a native of Lake Saint Louis, Mo., recently graduated with a degree in biology and finished with a GPA of 3.75. The senior competed in six tournaments throughout the year with his best outing coming at the CMU Open as he led the Cougar’s silver team to a third place finish after placing second overall with a score of 145 (71-74, +3). He was also named to the Academic All-AMC team.

Rockers also earns the award for the second consecutive year. Originally from Centertown, Mo., Zach recently graduated with his master’s degree in business administration and finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Rockers competed in four tournaments in his final season with the Cougars. Zach helped the Cougar’s silver team to a third place finish at the CMU Eagle Open after ending in a tie for 16th with a 152 (75-77, +10). In addition, he was named to the Academic All-AMC team.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.

To learn more about the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, click here.

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