MSU Golf: Mustangs Sign Top Colombian Junior

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Midwestern State coach Jeff Ray announced the addition of one of the top junior golfers in South America to the 2015-16 men's roster.

Simon Ospina, a member of the Colombian National squad for the last two seasons, signed a National Letter of Intent to join a solid MSU program which qualified to compete in the NCAA Division II Super Regional for the fifth straight season.

The 6-foot, 154-pounder from Medellin claimed wins in the Club Macarena Open (73-74-71) and Carmel Club Open (72-72-78-70) since the beginning of the calendar year while also finishing as runner-up at an IMG Junior World Championship qualifier (69-71) and finishing 18th in the South American Junior Championship (72-73-78-80).

"Simon's junior career is extremely impressive," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "Over the last six months, he has improved 2-3 strokes. Qualifying for the Junior World Championship in San Diego shows all the hard work is paying off. His patience and determination on the golf course sets him apart from the average 18-year-old."

Ospina competed extensively as a junior in Colombia with the Club El Rodeo (2008-15), Antioquia (State Team from 2007, 09, 11-13) and Colombian National (2014-15) golf teams.

He finished third in the Colombian National Junior Championship in 2013 (74-78-74-73) after placing second in 2012 (75-78-77-72).

Ospina currently tops the Colombian junior individual rankings and is third in the national amateur ratings.

He will be third Colombian junior to play for Midwestern State joining current assistant coach Antonio Herran (2010-13) and Santiago Gomez (2012-13).

"Next year, Simon will make an immediate contribution to our team," Ray said. "Antonio has known Simon for a while and that has helped Simon's comfort level in coming to MSU."

The Mustangs compete in the NCAA Division II South Central/West Regional from May 4-6 at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club in Vallejo, Calif.

MSU Women Earn 4th-Straight NCAA Berth

Midwestern State returns to the NCAA Division II postseason for the fourth time in its six-year existence.

The NCAA Division II Women's Golf Committee announced the regional selections Monday afternoon, naming the Mustangs as the sixth seed in the nine-team tournament set for May 4-6 at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park, Calif.

Midwestern State is coming off of a stellar spring season as the Mustangs claimed three team tournament championship on the way to claiming its first Lone Star Conference title last week at the Frisco Lake Golf Club.

Sophomore Sierra Campbell became MSU's first conference individual champion and was joined on the all-league first team by senior Brenna Moore while freshman Sarah Moore was named to the second team.

Midwestern State is one of three Lone Star Conference teams advancing to the postseason along with Tarleton State and West Texas A&M.

The Heartland Conference boasts the top three teams in the region in Dallas Baptist, St. Edward's (Texas) and Newman (Kan.), while California Baptist and Academy of Art advance out the Pacific West Conference. Host Sonoma State (Calif.) is the lone representative from the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

Colorado State-Pueblo's Hee-Leina Kim, Dixie State's Haley Dunn, St. Mary's (Texas) Allison Howarth and Cal State-East Bay's Linda Brown earned individual qualification.

The top three teams and top three individuals not on those teams will advance to the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Championship on May 14-16 at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Mich.