May 18, 2012
Siena golfers Mickey Sutton and Cortney Tilley have been named the latest Leo Dufort Student Athletes of the Month, representing April. The two have had immense success both on the links and in the classroom.
A sophomore from Edgewood, Ky., Sutton has exemplified the term "student athlete." In addition to having just completed his second year with the men's golf team, he has posted a stellar academic record. A History major, Sutton carries an amazing 3.9 cumulative GPA.
Meanwhile, Tilley played a major role in Siena women's golf's 12th consecutive MAAC Championship. A junior from Plaistow, N.H., Tilley finished tied for fifth at the tournament, and she and the Saints advanced to their first-ever NCAA Regional. Additionally, she won March's MAAC Women's Golfer of the Month award after finishing tied for fifth at the Siena Invitational. A Mathematics major, Tilley carries a 3.48 cumulative GPA.
The Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award is presented nine times annually (September-May) throughout the academic year. The award recognizes exemplary achievements in both academics and athletics. The late Leo Dufort received a B.S. in marketing and management from Siena in August of 1977. His entire academic career was completed on a part-time basis beginning in the spring of 1961, as a married adult while at the same time raising five children. He passed away suddenly of a heart attack while cross country skiing in February of 1993. His wife Jeanine wanted to do something to immortalize his memory. The original plaque was donated to athletics and the department began the Leo Dufort Student-Athlete of the Month Award to help carry out his legacy. Dufort graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1954, was a Navy Veteran (USS Bennington) who worked for JL Hammett Co. at the time of his death.