May 22, 2013
HOOVER, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference on Wednesday announced the Community Service Team for the sport of men's golf.
In a continuing effort to recognize the accomplishments of student-athletes beyond the field of competition, the SEC once again highlighted a Community Service Team for men's golf for the 2012-13 season. Tennessee freshman Chad Merzbacher was included on the 14-man team.
A native of Dublin, Ohio, Merzbacher had a busy first year on Rocky Top. In addition to being a student-athlete, he has been one of Vol Golf's community outreach leaders.
This fall, Merzbacher participated in the Vol-oween Community Outreach event (VIDEO), volunteered at the Love Kitchen during Thanksgiving, and worked as a mentor for First Tee day program events. Currently, Merzbacher is back at home participating in a charity golf tournament with proceeds going to cancer research.
Merzbacher has also been a leader in the classroom. He was named Tennessee's Student-Athlete of the Month for November and is a member of Tennessee's Male Scholar-Athlete Team of the Year. He is majoring in Finance at Tennessee.
On the course, Merzbacher has competed in six events as a freshman including the SEC Championship. His best finish on the year was a tie for eighth place at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate. In addition, he was the named as an Honorable Mention to the Rolex Junior All-American Team.
The 2013 SEC Men's Golf Community Service Team is as follows:
Tom Lovelady, Alabama (R-Fr., Birmingham, Ala.)
Regularly visits local schools, reading to children and speaking to them on various topics, such as bullying and the importance of staying in school ... Participates annually in the University of Alabama's Halloween Extravaganza ... Participates in the Angel Tree Program, which provides Christmas gifts to children of incarcerated parents ... Played in six tournaments and 17 rounds as a redshirt freshman with a stroke average of 74.12.
Josh Eure, Arkansas (Jr., Crofton, Md.) Has participated in Lift Up America, unloading food from a Tyson Foods truck and delivering it to area charities ... Has been a part of Feed My Starving Children ... Worked with area elementary schools in the Sweat Hogs program, which encourages healthy lifestyles ... Donated time at the 7-Hills Homeless Shelter ... Also worked at the local dog shelter.
Jackson Beindorf, Auburn (Sr., Vero Beach, Fla.) Volunteered several times with the Richland Elementary School After-School Program and visited Cary Woods Elementary School to meet students and get them excited about reading ... Volunteered at the Downtown Trick or Treat event in Auburn, signing autographs and passing out candy to local children ... Read to students at Auburn Early Education Center ... A men's golf representative for the Auburn Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... An Academic Top Tiger.
Tyler McCumber, Florida (Sr., Ponte Vedra, Fla.) Volunteered with Miracle on Main Street, which provides families the opportunity to shop for presents donated from the local community ... By the end of the day at Miracle on Main Street, more than 500 families had been served ... Assisted with the J.J. Finley Elementary After-School Program, helping students with their homework and playing sports with the students.
Keith Mitchell, Georgia (Jr., Chattanooga, Tenn.) Participated in a number of service activities as the vice president of Georgia's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... Helped oversee Georgia's efforts in the SEC Together We CAN food drive and assisted with providing donations for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia ... Volunteered with Safe Routes To School for Barrow Elementary School students ... Participated in the Soles4Souls shoe drive and the Relay for Life ... Helped collect apparel and sports equipment for the Boys and Girls Club of Athens in the Gear for Greatness program ... Collected cans and donations for families in need for the Hunger Bowl ... Delivered Thanksgiving boxed meals to families in need ... Helped collect money for Hurricane Sandy victims and collected toys for the Toys for Tots program ... Wrote and mailed Christmas cards to deployed soldiers ... A member of the Georgia Athletics Director's Honor Roll and a 2012 Honorable Mention All-America selection ... The 2013 Solms Family Endowed Scholarship recipient.
Cody Martin, Kentucky (Jr., Union, Ky.) Has volunteered at events at Morton Middle Schools and has helped with packing and delivery at God's Pantry ... A Bluegrass Youth For Christ volunteer and a visitor at Shriner's Hospital ... Participated in the CATS Cultivating Character Program and Breakfast with Santa.
Smylie Kaufman, LSU (Jr., Birmingham, Ala.) Volunteered 37 hours to community service work for the 2012-13 academic year ... A member of Baton Rouge Soiree, which is a Baton Rouge-based organization formed in 2011 with the goal of raising awareness and research funds for prostate cancer ... Helped coordinate the second-annual Blue Ribbon Soiree at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge for a food and beverage and silent auction fundraiser that raised money to battle prostate cancer ... A fixture of the team's trips to Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital while visiting the children throughout the year ... Helped organize the efforts of the LSU Men's Golf team with the annual Halloween BOOzar and Thanksgiving with the Tigers events ... Organized the team's game station at the Halloween BOOzar in 2012 in the event providing local youth an alternative to trick-or-treating ... Helped provide Thanksgiving meals to needy families adopted by LSU's student-athletes as part of the Thanksgiving with the Tigers event. A representative of the LSU Men's Golf program on the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... Has served as a marketing and publicity committee member of LSU's SAAC for the 2012-13 academic season.
Chad Bounds, Ole Miss (Sr., Meridian, Miss.) Helped deliver meals to local community through More Than A Meal program ... Read to local school children with the Reading With The Rebels program ... Visited local assisted living facility ... Helped with community cleanup following a tornado ... Served as counselor at junior golf camp ... Named to the university's Chancellor's and Dean's List Honor Roll ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes President ... Student Athlete-Advisory Committee member.
Robi Calvesbert, Mississippi State (Sr., Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) Volunteered with Relay for Life and the Thanksgiving Food Drive ... A member of the M-Club and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee ... Gave out Halloween candy to children, ate breakfast and read books to local Starkville elementary students.
Dakyn Dollens, Missouri (Jr., Centralia, Mo.) A Walking School Bus Volunteer ... Participated in the Tiger Place Student-Athlete Day and Race for the Cure ... Volunteered for the Shepherd Elementary Stallion Stampede ... A Mizzou Moves Educator ... Participated in Star Light Reading ... Has volunteered at Children's Hospital, the MSHSAA Basketball Tournament and the Food Bank.
Caleb Sturgeon, South Carolina (So., Laurens, S.C.) Participated in the Light the Night Walk to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society ... Involved with the SCJGA Golf Tournament at Hickory Knob State Park and the George Bryan Exhibition Game ... Participated in a reading day at Killian Elementary School ... A 2012 SEC All-Freshman Team member and member of the 2012 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
Chad Merzbacher, Tennessee (Fr., Dublin, Ohio) Participated in Vol-oween Community Outreach ... Volunteered at Love Kitchen during Thanksgiving ... Volunteered as a mentor for First Tee program events ... Participated in a golf tournament with proceeds going towards cancer research ... Tennessee's Student-Athlete of the Month for November 2012 ... A member of Tennessee's Male Scholar-Athlete Team of the Year.
Ty Dunlap, Texas A&M (So., Westlake, Texas) Served as the men's golf team's representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee as well as attending the NCAA Leadership Forum ... Was involved in Aggies Can, the nation's largest student-run canned drive, and Hard Hats for Little Heads, as well as Film on the Field ... Has assisted to organize student ticket scanning, a fundraising project for SAAC, and was recently elected treasurer for the Texas A&M SAAC executive team.
Will Snipes, Vanderbilt (Sr., Dalton, Ga.) Worked with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, where he served as a mentor to a child in the program, visiting the child each week, helping him with homework and being there to support him in his life ... Spearheaded a fundraiser for the organization by his team with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.