ASU Men's Golf signs a pair of JUCO standouts

Jonesboro, Ark. ( – The Arkansas State men's golf squad has added two players to its 2013-14 signing class, announced head coach Steve Johnson.  Dayton Jones and Oswin "Ossie" Schlenkrich have both signed a National Letter of Intent, becoming the fifth and sixth additions to join the men's golf team for the upcoming season.

Jones is from Hopkinsville, Ky., and is transferring to A-State from Rend Lake Community College (RLCC) in Ina, Ill.  Jones was an NJCAA second team Division II All-America selection in 2013-14 after finishing 19th out of 122 participants at the NJCAA men's golf championships at Goose Pond Colony Plantation in Scottsboro, Ala.

Jones emerged as the leader of the Warriors' golf squad last season.  His best performances included a fourth-place finish at the John A. Logan Spring Invite and an 11th-place finish at the Weist Foundation Classic.  Jones also finished fourth at the Region XXIV Tournament, making him the only national qualifier from Rend Lake.

Schlenkrich is from Queenstown, South Africa.  He also has collegiate experience, spending his first year at NAIA's Oklahoma City University (OCU) before competing his sophomore year at Midland (Texas) Junior College.

Ossie competed in three events while attending OCU.  His best finish was a tie for fourth place at the Chaps Fall Invitational.  He fired rounds of 72-76-70 for a total of 218 at the tournament.

While at Midland, Schlenkrich was the 22nd ranked golfer in the NJCAA by  He completed the season with a 73.31 scoring average.

Jones and Schlenkrich will both be juniors in 2014-15 and have two years of eligibility remaining with Arkansas State.

"We're really excited to get both these junior college players," said Johnson.  "Both Dayton and Oswin have been solid players for their respective teams. They are both quite long off the tee and should play well into the Division I format.  We're going to be young after signing four freshman, so to bring in some experience and upperclassman leadership will definitely be a big help to our program."