April 21, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas – Rice University head men’s golf coach Justin Emil announced the signing of local product Mario Carmona (Houston, Texas/Memorial) to a National Letter of Intent for the 2014-15 campaign on Monday.
Emil said, “We are excited to add Mario to our 2014 class. Mario is a first class young man with high character and a strong desire to pursue excellence in school and golf. He is exactly the type of young man this golf program needs to move forward toward being nationally competitive. Mario and Mitchell (Meissner) are both excellent young men and will jump right in and make an impact on our team.”
Carmona posted four top-10 finishes in six tournaments and led Memorial in stroke average for the season. Most recently, he placed fourth at the District 19 5A Championship with a 72-75-147 at River Ridge Golf Club for head coach Cameron Sands.
He finished in his team’s top two in five tournaments as the Mustangs claimed three event titles and one second place finish as well. Carmona’s low round of the season came in October when he carded a 69 at the A&M Consolidated Tournament en route to a fourth-place finish overall and a team championship.
Last summer on the Houston Golf Association Junior Golf Program Boys 15-18 Performance Series, Carmona won two of his six events and finished eighth or better in all six. He opened with a five-stroke win at Augusta Pines Golf Club in June and repeated that success at Wildcat Golf Club’s Lake Course with a two-stroke win in August. Carmona placed second at Eagle Pointe Golf Club in July and third in the Tournament of Champions at Augusta Pines Golf Club.
Carmona was named all-district each of his four years and claimed the district title in 2012. He earned all-region honors as a sophomore and senior and was named the Houston Golf Association Player of the Year in 2012 and ’13. He posted a 74.8 scoring average for his high school career.
Carmona volunteers his time with the Memorial Mustangs Outreach Bunch and is a servant leader with St. Michael’s Catholic Church Youth Ministry. The son of Mario and Gabriela Carmona was born in Juarez, Mexico and has one sister. He plans to major in mathematical economic analysis.
Carmona joins Mitchell Meissner (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights HS), who signed with the Owls in November.