Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern golf coach Mike Wheeler has announced the signing two high school student-athletes as part of his 2014-15 recruiting class.
Grant Seifried is a 5-10, 150 pound native of Aurora, Mo., where he played for coach Brian Cox at Aurora High School. A four-year starter at first bag for the Houn Dawgs, Seifried was a first-team All-District and All-Conference pick the past two seasons as a sophomore and junior. He helped his team to a District Championship last year and finished 21st individually at the State Tournament.
"I choose MSSU for a variety of reasons," Seifried said. "I like the smaller class size which will provide me more personal attention and a better learning environment. I want to be more than just a student number and like that the professor will know my name. The facilities are all located in one place and are first-class. Playing golf in college is a goal and dream I have had since I first started. After meeting with coach Wheeler, I was most impressed with his dedication to a winning golf program at MSSU. I like his coaching style and knowledge of the game and believe with hard work I can be a valuable member of the team. MSSU is close to home, affordable, has challenging academics and great athletics."
Seifried is the son of Eric and Tammy Seifried and he plans to major in business at Southern.
Connor Neil is a 5-8, 160 pound native of Springdale, Ark., where he played for coach Tim Aynes and the Wildcats at Har-Ber High School. A three year-letter winner, Neil helped his team to a third-place finish in this year's state championship as the first-bag position. He finished fourth, individually at the State Tournament, earning All-State honors. He was an individual medalist three different times his senior year that saw him pick up All-Conference honors.
"I choose MSSU for many reasons," Neil said. "It is close to my hometown. I wanted to attend college on a smaller campus where I would get a quality education. I will get an opportunity to play golf and take my game to the next level and coach Wheeler is a great coach and mentor. I think MSSU is a perfect fit for me."
Neil is the son of Tony and Debra Neil and he plans to major in business at Southern.
"Grant and Connor are quality recruits for MSSU Lions Golf," Wheeler said. "They share an ambition and motivation to excel in the classroom as well as the golf course and fit the established profile to be a successful Lion Golfer. I look forward to them joining the squad in the fall 2014."