Senior caps standout career with MVC academic honor
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ST. LOUIS – Missouri State senior Mark Karlsen has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team in men’s golf, the league announced Thursday.
Karlsen is part of a group of 12 Valley golfers, including six on the first team, recognized by league sports information for their work in the classroom and on the course.
Karlsen, a native of Alleroed, Denmark, and business major holding a 3.97 grade-point average, was one of two Bears to compete in all 11 tournaments this season. He finished the season ranked 23rd in the league in scoring at 75.79, while firing a career-best 69 in the second round of the season-opening Derek Dolenc Invitational on Sept. 8-9. Karlsen helped Missouri State place second as a team in the event hosted by SIUE as he finished one stroke off the lead at 3-over 213 for second individually in the tournament.
Karlsen also had a pair of top-25 finishes this spring at the Grover Page Classic (tied 17th, 2-over) and the ORU Shootout (tied 18th, 10-over). He finished his career shooting 20-over 236 to tie for 32nd at the MVC championship on April 27-28 at the Club at Porto Cima.
He is a seven-time dean’s list and athletic director’s honor roll selection, respectively.
Karlsen joined Drew Novara and Wade Thompson (Southern Illinois), Grant Bennett and Alec Heinen (Wichita State), and Lyle Burns (Bradley) on the first team.
Honorable-mention honors went to Bobby Jacobs and Danny Masrin (Bradley), Devin Leland and Dane Worley (Drake), Will Knights (Evansville) and Glenn Walls (Northern Iowa).
To qualify for consideration for the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, players must have a minimum 3.20 grade-point average and be a key contributor. The team is voted on each year by the league’s 10 sports information directors.