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NORTON, Massachusetts – November 14 marked the start of the NCAA Early Signing Period, where high school senior athletes could officially announce their plans to play collegiately, and in Massachusetts, several area golfers did just that, signing their national letters of intent (NLI) to join NCAA Division I and Division II golf programs following the completion of their high school careers in the spring.
On Wednesday, the first day that all non-football and non-basketball high school athletes could commit to their schools, seven junior golfers with direct ties to Mass Golf announced their plans to play at the next level when they formally sent in the necessary paperwork to complete the process. As part of the milestone date for these athletes, many high schools held signing day events that were attended by family members, friends and media. The signing period for fall 2019 enrollees at Division I & II programs lasts until August 1, 2019.
The seven student athletes, with more likely to sign in the coming days, include Brookline’s James Imai, Lunenburg’s Emily Nash, Agawam’s Angela Garvin, Concord’s Xavier Marcoux, Canton’s Andrew Giacchetto, Southborough’s Jack Tobin and Sandwich’s Emily Hunt.
Imai, Garvin, Marcoux and Giacchetto will all compete in the Big 10 Conference starting next year, signing their NLI’s to compete at Northwestern, Maryland, Rutgers and Indiana, respectively, while Nash will head to Elon University in North Carolina, Tobin to Siena College in Loudonville, New York and Hunt to Merrimack College in North Andover.
“We are very excited to hear that several of our Mass Golf junior golf competitors will continue their golf careers at top NCAA programs next year,” said Director of Rules and Competition Kevin Eldridge. “At Mass Golf, we constantly strive to provide the best competition for all competitors and to see these talented young men and women announce their plans to play at the next level is something the organization as a whole is proud of. We look forward to seeing them finish their high school careers in the coming months and rooting them on as they take their game to the next level.”
Among their accolades, Imai is both the reigning MIAA Division I Individual champion and Massachusetts Junior Amateur champion, while Nash won the Bay State’s 2017 Girls’ Junior Amateur championship and later the 2018 MIAA Girls’ Individual State Championship. All seven golfers have been top competitors in Mass Golf, USGA, AJGA and Junior PGA Championships and qualifiers.
The aforementioned information was from information received to Mass Golf. To inform Mass Golf of others who may have recently signed national letters of intent, please email email@example.com or tag @PlayMassGolf on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.