Monday, February 27, 2012

Ursuline stacking up for D2 in women's golf

Kevin Alcox, women's golf coach at Ursuline College, is ready for his team to make a big splash in NCAA Division II.

He is counting on a trio of area youngsters to help him in his quest.

Alcox has already signed Talia Trovato (NDCL) and Ashley Rideout (Perry). Chasey Rotondo, a district qualifier from Wickliffe, has given her verbal commitment to Alcox's program and will sign in April.

"We are a young program and these three are teaming together with my top recruit from Ireland and another recruit from western Ohio to really come in as a group of freshman and take control of this team," Alcox said.

Trovato, Rideout and Rotondo are three of the best girls golfers in the News-Herald area and have been for a number of years. Their addition to the Ursuline program could not only lead to great things for the team, but also open a pipeline of area talent to the program.

Ursuline, located in Pepper Pike, is in ground-breaking territory. Just weeks ago, the school's new conference - The Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) received notice that the NCAA Division II Membership Committee has approved the G-MAC as a member conference of NCAA Division II effective Sept. 1, 2012.

As a member conference, the G-MAC will now enter an educational assessment program for the 2012-13 academic year with the goal of beginning competition as the 24th active NCAA Division II member conference effective Sept. 1, 2013. Charter members of the G-MAC include Cedarville University, Central State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Trevecca Nazarene University, Urbana University , and Ursuline College.
Alcox, who is also the schools director of sports information, is shooting high, particularly for his golf team, led by the three area standouts.

"I have almost no doubt that we will be the conference's first tournament champion next year with these three leading the way," Alcox said.

- John Kampf


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