FRISCO, Texas – Former All-American golfer Chris Stroud will be inducted in the Southland Conference Hall of Honor announced SLC Commission Tom Burnett Monday afternoon. Stroud, along with former McNeese State football coach Bobby Keasler, will be enshrined during the Southland's annual honors ceremony and dinner Tuesday, May 20th.
"We are thrilled to induct Chris into the Hall of Honor," said Burnett. "Chris is an appropriate representative as the first golf student-athlete to enter the hall, and his successful performance on the PGA Tour is indicative of an ability honed at Lamar University while competing for Southland and NCAA Championships."
One of the all-time greatest golfers in league history, Stroud was a four-year letterman for the Cardinals from 2001-04. During that time, he guided the team to three SLC titles, and four NCAA regional appearances, including two 13th-place finishes in his final two seasons.
A two-time individual Southland champion, Stroud fired a 6-under par 210 to tie for fifth at the 2003 regional championships to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. Stroud took his play to another level at the national championships when he recorded a two-over 290 to finish third overall. One of the best finishes by a golfer in school, and conference history, Stroud was named to the Ping All-America team. It marked the first time a Cardinal received All-America recognition since 1986, and only the sixth Cardinal in school history to receive the distinction.
It didn't take fans long to realize Stroud was going to have a special career earning 2001 SLC Freshman and Player of the Year honors. He is the only player in league history to receive both honors in the same season.
One of the most decorated athletes in school history, Stroud received Southland Golfer of the Year honors all four seasons. He is the only golfer in SLC history to repeat as the league's MVP all four seasons.
"Chris is the best golfer to ever come out of Lamar University," said head coach Brian White. "He is a huge asset to our school and the Southland Conference due to the recognition he brings Lamar through his professional career. We knew there was something special about Chris from the moment he stepped on campus. To be named Southland Freshman and Golfer of the Year in the same season is not an easy task. To add to that, he was named the league's top golfer all four seasons, and went on to receive All-America honors. It has been an honor to be able to continue working with Chris throughout his career."
A two-time Ping All-American, Stroud's career has continued well beyond his collegiate days. He turned pro in 2004 and has posted several top-20 finishes in the past year in PGA Tour events, including third-place finishes at the CIMB Classic and the OHL Classic at at Mayakoba. His most recent top-10 finish came back in March when he shot a 15-under par 273 at the Puerto Rico Open. Stroud's best PGA Tour finish in 2013 was at the Travelers Championship when he finished second after losing a sudden-death playoff.
"Playing golf at Lamar University was quite possibly the greatest years of my young golf career, and playing in the Southland Conference was a huge honor," said Stroud. "While playing my eighth year on the PGA Tour this season, I found out that I was being inducted into Southland Conference Hall of Honor. What a great honor it is, and I am grateful that the conference is recognizing my success at Lamar. I will forever remember it."