MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (June 22, 2016) – West Virginia University golfer Avery Schneider has been nominated for the 2016 Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year as announced by the league on Wednesday.
Schneider, who played in nine tournaments for the Mountaineers, displayed his integrity on the course earlier this season by self-reporting a penalty during competition. Sitting at two under par and inside the top five while competing in the Wolfpack Open in North Carolina last fall, Schneider inadvertently moved his ball while searching for it in the woods. Though his competitors did not witness the violation, he reported it to his playing group and took a one-stroke penalty for his lone bogey of the round.
A native of New Albany, Ohio, Schneider boasts a 4.0 GPA as a biology major and won the 2016 WVU Golf Academic Achievement Award. He has earned mention on the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. In addition, Schneider participates in a number of community service activities each year with the WVU golf team including projects at the Children’s Library and visiting patients at WVU Children’s hospital.
The Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year Awards began in 2000-01 to annually recognize student-athletes who displayed an extraordinary degree of sportsmanship and/or community service during the academic year. A male and female are honored each year.
Schneider is joined by Baylor’s Spencer Drango (football), Perry Ellis of Kansas (basketball), Oklahoma’s Buddy Heild (Basketball), TCU’s Caylin Moore (football) and Beau Hossler of Texas (golf) as a nominee for the 2016 award. Criteria for the award includes examples of sportsmanship and ethical conduct, citizenship within the campus and community as well as academic achievement. The two winners will be named on Thursday, June 23.
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