Shooting for Eagles

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Senior Golfer Nicole Trivisonno has signed her National Letter of Intent, and she will now be headed to Ashland University next Fall. When asked about her recent commitment, the three-time North Coast Junior Tour Player of the Year (2006, 2007, and 2009) had only good things to say.

“I like the coach a lot, there’s a good fit with the teammates, and there’s a good academic program,” she said. “Their schedule looks better than a lot of Division I programs’.”

The Lady Eagles are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, which includes teams such as Tiffin, Findlay, Ferris State, and Grand Valley State. Ashland is currently ranked third in the East Region, next to Grand Valley State and Indianapolis.

Upon her arrival next Fall, Trivisonno will be joining Head Coach Pam Leonard, currently in her sixth year, who led the program to its first NCAA Division II Regional Golf Tournament in school history in 2009. “She seems really nice. She’s funny. The girls seem to like her, and she knows what she’s talking about,” Trivisonno commented.

Grateful for her experience with the North Coast Junior Tour, Trivisonno expressed no fear heading into her first year as a collegiate golfer.

“(NCJT) provided me with a lot of practice. When you’re young, you can learn the rules and what to do in different situations,” she explained. “It’s practice for when the big tournaments come up.”

One tournament Trivisonno calls her best NCJT memory. “I hit in at 180 yards for an eagle. It was at Quail Hollow,” she recalled.

The other “big tournament” that she might be referring to is the Ohio State Championship, which NDCL snagged away in 2009, thanks to Trivisonno’s dominant performance and leadership. Trivisonno shot a 77 in the final round of the tournament on Ohio State University’s Gray Course. The final match was not an easy one, either, as the girls defeated Poland, a team they had lost to earlier in the season, by 19 shots.

“We kind of had a quote that we always said to each other. We would say, ‘NDCL girls golf 2009, it’s state championship time.’ We all knew we could rely on each other because of our strong lineup. We wanted to win it for each other.” she said. “We only had to beat Poland once. Hard work paid off.”

Following this phenomenal season, Trivisonno collected several honors. She was awarded 2009 North Coast League Player of the Year, 2009 1st Team All-Northeast Ohio, and 2009 2nd Team All-Ohio. The list grew on.

In order to bring her game to the next level and to guide her new team to success, Trivisonno knows what she must improve on. “I am going to keep working out. I will work on my game from 100 yards and in. I am also working on my fairway woods and hitting the ball farther,” she said.

And most importantly, Trivisonno knows what it will take for her game to stand out at Ashland. “I need to think about everything I’ve been working on and get that accomplished,” she continued. “I need to think more positively, and I need to have fun.”
-Megan Golden

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