Nov. 14, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas - In the early signing period, head Rice University men's golf coach Justin Emil announced the addition of Mitchell Meissner (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights HS) to the roster for the 2014-15 season as he signed a National Letter of Intent.
Emil said, "I'm excited to welcome Mitchell into the Rice Golf family. He is a fantastic young man who is a champion both in the classroom and on the course. I have the utmost of confidence in him and see him making an immediate impact on those around him. This is a great day for our program and as we continue forward we will be fortunate to find more student-athletes like Mitchell."
Meissner plays for head coach Danny Hayes at Alamo Heights High School, where the Mules claimed fifth place at the 2013 state championship. The team has won three-straight district championships as well as last season's regional championship.
As a junior, Meissner won three tournaments, placed in the top five eight times and posted 14 top-10 finishes with a 74.5 stroke average. He notched 76.8 strokes per round as a sophomore with a pair of wins and won eight tournaments as a freshman with a 77.6 stroke average.
Meissner was the 2013 San Antonio Junior City champion and earned a place on the San Antonio Express-News Super Team in 2013 as well. He was a 2012 all-state 4A second team honoree and won the 4A tournament in 2011 and 2013. He was named team captain for his junior and senior seasons.
In the classroom, Meissner was a National Merit Commended Scholar and ranks second in his class of 344 students. He is an AP Scholar with Distinction and earned a place on the AJGA HP Scholastic all-America team. He is a member of the National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta.
Meissner is also active in the community, volunteering time with the Young Men's Service League, AJGA Leadership Links, Laity Lodge Youth Camp and as a peer tutor. He has also worked with the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, San Antonio Food Bank and the Humane Society. He earned the President's Volunteer Service Award at the gold level for giving more than 250 hours of his time in 2013.
The son of Kurt and Katie Meissner has one brother and one sister and is interested in studying engineering. His uncle, Todd Haney, played baseball at the University of Texas and in the major leagues for the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets and Montreal Expos.
Rice finished the fall season last month with a pair of top-10 finishes and numerous outstanding individual performances. The Owls tee off the spring slate at the Rice Intercollegiate on Feb. 17, 2014.