Christoph Spora Named PING All-American

Spora Christoph Spora, a junior from Austria and a standout for the Ferris State University men's golf team, has been named to the 2000-01 Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) NCAA Division II PING All-America Second Team as announced by the GCAA.

Spora was one of seven individuals to achieve second-team All-America accolades and was among three players from a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) school to earn recognition on one of the four teams. Grand Valley State's Eric Cowles and Ryan Mouw were named to the honorable mention team. West Florida, the 2001 National Champions, landed the most PING All-America honors with five players chosen to the teams.

The GCAA All-America Committee selected the individuals based upon play throughout the 2000-01 season, including the NCAA Championships. To be named to the PING All-America teams, a player must be named to one of the PING All-District teams or finish in the top 15 at the NCAA Championships. The GCAA, which was established in 1958, is the professional association of collegiate men's golf coaches. The non-profit organization is dedicated to educating, promoting and recognizing both its members and the student-athletes who participate in collegiate golf at all levels. Through its established events and programs, the GCAA maintains a goal of increasing awareness and the status of men's collegiate golf.

Spora was Ferris State's lone representative at the 2001 NCAA Division II National Championships (5/22-25), which were held at The Meadows Golf Club in Allendale, Mich. He finished ninth overall individually at the national tourney with a four-round 294-stroke score.

This season, Spora led the Bulldogs with a team-best 72.7 stroke average in 18 rounds and carded a team-leading low round of 66 at the NCAA-II District IV Tournament III (4/15-16) in Auburn, Ind. He registered top individual medalist honors in three tournaments during the 2000-01 season - NCAA-II District IV Tournament II (3/24-25), NCAA-II District IV Tournament III and the Ferris State Invitational (4/28-29). Spora compiled six top five finishes in eight spring tournaments this season after not competing in the fall campaign.

Spora's national honor represents the eighth time a FSU golfer has received NCAA-II All-America kudos to date and the 13th time a men's golf student-athlete has been selected either a NCAA or NAIA All-American. Ferris' most recent All-Americans were Jim Lusk (second team) and Chad Tate (honorable mention) in 1999.

The Bulldogs ranked 11th nationally in the final regular season edition of the 2000-01 Division II Mastercard Collegiate Golf Rankings, which are voted on by a panel of men's collegiate golf coaches in cooperation with the GCAA and the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA). FSU also claimed its 16th GLIAC Championship title earlier this season (10/12-13) with a first-place showing at the 2000 GLIAC Men's Golf Championships in Big Rapids.

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