Southern Illinois men’s golfers Tom Cleaton and Markus Wilhelmsen were selected to the 2022 Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete First Team, the league announced Thursday. Justin Wingerter was also recognized as an Honorable Mention selection.

Tom Cleaton has a 3.885 GPA in Business Management, was awarded Academic Honors in Business from the Southern Illinois University College of Business, and competed in 10 tournaments for the Salukis. Cleaton enters the NCAA Columbus Regionals with a scoring average of 75.23 through 30 rounds this year with 26 rounds in the 70s. One of his season-low rounds of 69 came at the MVC Championship where he finished tied for fourth, his best-finish of the 2021-22 season, earning him All-Conference honors. This is the second time Cleaton has been named to the First Team.

Markus Wilhelmsen closed out the 2021-22 regular season with a 75.62 stroke average through 26 rounds at nine tournaments. Wilhelmsen has a 3.935 GPA in Business Management and received the Outstanding Senior in Management award from the SIU College of Business this semester. His low-round of 69 came at the Pizza Hut Pat Hicks Invite and his best finish was seventh at the MVC Championship. This is the first time Wilhelmsen has been named First Team after being selected as an honorable mention in 2020.

Justin Wingerter has a 3.78 GPA in Business Management. He has competed in eight tournaments for Southern Illinois this season and has a scoring average of 75.17 through 24 rounds. His top-finish came at the Savannah Intercollegiate where he tied for 13th.

The criteria for the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team is in accordance with CoSIDA for selecting Academic All-Americans. Nominated student-athletes must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (4.0 scale) and participated in the league championship or half of the team’s tournaments during the season.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso

FIRST TEAM
Tom Cleaton, Southern Illinois

Devin Johnson, Loyola
Max Kreikemeier, Missouri State
Tim Lim, Drake
Alex Locke, Missouri State
Griffin Parker, UNI
Nick Pittman, Drake
Caleb VanArragon, Valparaiso
Felix van Dijk, Illinois Sate
Markus Wilhelmsen, Southern Illinois

HONORABLE MENTION
Mason Bonn, Valparaiso
Aaeri Krishnan, Bradley
John Stillman, Bradley
Justin Wingerter, Southern Illinois

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