DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
A sensational sophomore season at Penn State continued for Port Perry’s Christian Elliott last week, as he was named Golfer of the Week by the Big Ten Conference on Wednesday, March 18 for the first time in his collegiate career.
The award came on the heels of Elliott’s recent top-15 finish at the Seminole Intercollegiate tournament in Tallahasse, Florida.
"Christian used a year's experience at Southwood, combined with some key changes in his game to go low for us at the Seminole," Penn State head coach Greg Nye said in a press release. "It was a much deserved result."
At the Seminole Intercollegiate, Elliott fired a 4-under 212 (71-69-72) on the Southwood Golf Course between March 13 and 15, recording an eagle and 12 birdies. The Port Perry H.S. graduate also shot 7-under on par 5 holes, averaging a tally of 4.42 - a statistic that tied for second-best among the 90-player field. He carded a 29 on the back nine of his second round, shooting an incredible seven 3's.
This performance marked the second time that Elliott has placed in the top-15 overall this season, the first time being in October at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate when he shot a 142 two-round score and finished tied for 12th.
Elliott has grown into a more well-rounded golfer in his second year at the school, after making great strides in the latter half of the 2013-14 season.
“I’m looking for my game to mature and become better rounded over the course of the season. I want to become more of a polished collegiate player,” Elliott said prior to this year’s campaign.
As well, Elliott works hard to balance the demands of Division 1 golf with academics.
“One of my goals here at Penn State is to become an Academic All-American, because I think it really shows that you have the ability to balance success in your work on the course with work in the classroom. Part of the reason I chose to come here was the exceptional academics, as well as our improving golf program,” Elliott told The Standard.
This past weekend, Elliott competed at the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate in Williamsburg, Virginia. Penn State will compete in two more tournaments before the Big ten Conference Championships, which will be contested from April 24 to 26, in Evansville, Indiana.
Local fans can stay up-to-date with all of the latest news from the Nittany Lions’ golf team by visiting www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-golf/psu-m-golf-body.html.
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