Southeast Community College
golfer Geronimo Narizzano finished second at the National Junior College
Athletic Association Division II Men’s Golf Championship in Joplin, Missouri,
and in doing so earned his second consecutive First-Team All-American honors.
“It felt great,” he said. “I
accomplished one of the goals of the season that was to finish higher on the
leaderboard than last year. There was a little part of me that was disappointed
because of how close I was to winning the whole thing. But it was an amazing
way to finish the season and my years at SCC.”
Narizzano shot a 291, just
three strokes behind first-place finisher Cecil Belisle of South Mountain
Community College of Arizona, who finished at 288. Last year Narizzano was
fifth. Head coach Calvin Freeman said Narizzano put in the work the past year, and
it paid off.
“He put a lot of pressure on himself this year, trying to prove
that his fifth-place finish last year wasn't a fluke,” Freeman said. “I’m incredibly proud of his play, his improvement and
his commitment to improving his game. Even with a storied history, he will go
down as one of the best to ever play at SCC.”
sophomore from Argentina also maintained his standing on the academic Dean’s
List at SCC, Freeman added. As for what he will do next year, Narizzano is undecided
but hopes to find out in the next few weeks where he’ll be playing next. Until
then, he’s enjoyed his time at SCC and as a member of the Storm golf team.
“I didn't know what to expect
when I got here,” he reflected. “But besides the fact that we went through a
pandemic and some long winters, I can’t say I had something to complain about.
I have met some great people, and I have memories and friendships for the rest
of my life.”
“Wherever he decides to go next year, his next team will be
getting a leader, a hard worker and a winner,” Freeman added. “I know he'll
continue to make those close to him and SCC proud."
was the lone SCC representative as the Storm did not qualify as a team. He
joins former Storm golfer Noah Hofman and his coach, Calvin Freeman, as the
only two-time First-Team All-Americans at SCC. Hofman took second at nationals
as a freshman in 2017 and followed it with a third-place finish as a sophomore
in 2018. Freeman was sixth as a freshman and tied for second as a sophomore.