SCUGOG: Port Perry resident and Penn State men’s golf 2016-17 team captain, Christian Elliot was just named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.
To earn All-America Scholar status, Christian had to participate in at least 50 per cent of the team’s last three seasons, 50 per cent of the team’s competitive rounds and finish with a stroke average under 76.0. He also had to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2 and recipients of the award must be of high moral character and in good collegiate standing.
“Winning this award has been a goal of mine ever since I started my golf career at Penn State because it show’s a really good balance between being strong academically and performing for my team,” Christian said. “It was something I was hoping to achieve in my time there, so to see my name on the board was definitely relieving.”
Christian was initially scouted a few years back and went to Penn State to study finance on a scholarship. He was scouted by many schools, but ultimately chose Penn State because of their superior academics and reputation.
“It wasn’t necessarily the strongest golf school when I decided to go to school there. But as it turns out during my four years there our team actually improved a lot. We ended up making the NCAA finals this year for the second time in team history so it was really cool to be part of a team that was ever growing in my four years there,” Christian said.
He enjoys representing his school on the golf course and says it took a lot of hard work to get to where he is now.
“It takes a lot of patients definitely. It takes a lot of self-motivation because you’re not competing on a team you don’t have a coach always looking over you so it’s kind of on yourself to get better each and every day. It was something that I was really passionate about so it didn’t feel like work to me it was something I enjoyed day in and day out.”
Christian has now graduated as a finance major and wants to continue his education by taking a master’s program coupled with a graduate assistant’s coaching position. He is optimistic about his future and looking forward to trying out the business world.