Canisius College golf coach Todd Hummel announced today that Brendan Polsin, Andrew Romano and Zachary Soccio-Marandola will join the Golden Griffins' golf program for the 2012-13 season.
"Our program is continuing to improve each year, and I feel these three young men will help play a role in taking us to the next level," Hummel said. "All three of these guys have played at a high level both on the regional and national scale, and their experience so far into their playing careers will only do positive things for Canisius College golf."
Polsin is a four-year letterwinner at C.W. Baker High School and last fall, he placed second in a field of 88 golfers at the Section III Class AA Championship to earn a spot in the New York State High School Tournament later this spring. The 2011 CNYCL Player of the Year, he has taken part in many Central New York PGA events and has qualified for various AJGA events, where he claims an eighth and 24th place finish among his accomplishments. In the classroom, he is an honor roll student and plans on majoring in business or pre-med at Canisius. The son of Douglas and Diane, he has one sister, Danae, who attends Geneseo.
Romano won the Buffalo District Golf Association Junior Match Play Championship last June and used that victory to catapult him to a very successful high school season that wrapped up with him winning the 2011 ECIC Boy's Golf Championship after he shot a four-under par 68 at Diamond Hawk Golf Course in Buffalo. A two-time winner of the Lancaster Country Club men's championship, Romano won the Section VI golf championship as an eighth grader and he closed out his high school career with three top-five finishes at the ECIC Championship event, highlighted by his win in 2011. A member of the Junior PGA, he took fourth place in the 2010 New York State Junior Amateur Championship and ended up tied for eighth at the 2011 New York State Junior Amateur Championship event. The son of Tom and Belmaries Romano, he has one brother, Tommy.
Soccio-Marandola has earned three varsity letters on the Denis Morris Catholic Secondary School varsity golf team and he has played as the No. 1 in both his junior and senior seasons. A team captain, he won two tournament titles in 2011, highlighted by his first-place finish at the city championship and his second-place finish at the Southern Ontario Championship. He qualified for the 2011 Ontario Junior Championships and holds eight career top-10 finishes as a member of the Niagara District Junior Tour, where he finished fifth in the NDJT juvenile standings. He posted two top-three finishes on the New York State Junior Tour in the summer of 2011, and he represented Team Niagara in the Golden Horse Shoe Cup in 2010. The son of Italo Marandola and Stephanie Soccio, he has a brother, Sebastian, and a sister Mackenzie. He plans on majoring in finance at Canisius.The Canisius golf team will start the 2012 spring season March 16-17, at the Siena/Homewood Suites Invitational at the PGA Village Course in Port St. Lucie, Fla.