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.