NewsPaulding Golf Standout Commits to Attend MVNU
written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio - The Mount Vernon Nazarene University men's golf program has landed its first recruit for the 2003-2004 season with the addition of Derek Clark.
Clark, a senior at Paulding High School and a native of Paulding, Ohio, has decided to attend MVNU to further his education and continue his golf career. During his senior season, Clark was named to the Northwest Conference First Team and the All-District Honorable Mention Team after posting a 39.1 strokes average for nine holes. He led Paulding High School to a second-place finish in the NWC and was a medalist seven times. He also set the school record with a low round of 33 during the season.
"I am very excited to add Derek to our team," said MVNU assistant coach Chris Huff, the program's recruiting coordinator. "He had an excellent senior season at Paulding and has the ability to be a good college golfer. He is also a good student and is active in the Paulding Church of the Nazarene. He will be a perfect fit for our golf program, and we look forward to him joining our team next fall."
In addition to his achievements on the links, Clark has excelled in the classroom. He is a member of National Honor Society. He was the Voice of Democracy and Americanism test winner in 2001, and he was the AMC math test winner in both 1999 and 2000.
"There are several reasons why I chose MVNU," said Clark of his college choice. "It is a small Christian campus with good academic programs. It also offers me the opportunity to play college golf."
MVNU finished its 2002 fall season with a 31-3 overall record. The Cougars, who are ranked 23rd in the 2003 NAIA preseason poll, also finished third at the National Christian College Athletic Association National Tournament that was held in Seneca, South Carolina.