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Marasco sets high goals at SFU

It’s been a special month for Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior A.J. Marasco.

Days after being named to the first team of the Altoona Mirror’s All-Star team, Marasco recently signed with Saint Francis to continue his golf career collegiately.

It’s the first step among some pretty big goals for Marasco.

“I’m really excited. It’s been my dream since freshman year when I started playing to play collegiate golf,” Marasco said. “I had a cousin that played baseball at Oregon State. He was someone I looked up to. He’s in the majors now, and I wanted to get into college to play golf and one day make it on the pro tour.”

Marasco’s cousin, New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto, isn’t the only family that has impacted his decision to play golf at Saint Francis.

“I have a friend (Jackson Hoey) that plays on the (SFU) golf team currently, and I play with him a lot,” Marasco said. “My pap (Martin Marasco) went to Saint Francis, and it’s cool to go where he went. Coach (Derek) Tyson is a great coach, and he dedicates his time to help.”

Marasco shot a 75 at the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championships to claim the title this past season and helped the Marauders finish 10-0 and win their first LHAC team title.

“I believe after researching it that A.J. was the first BG golfer to win an individual title in the LHAC,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Mark Scalice said. “He’s the captain of the first BG team to win the LHAC, and honestly his leadership and being the captain were huge. He was really good at making sure we got through the season dealing with all the COVID-19 protocols and improved almost 10 strokes from last year. I’m excited with him going to Saint Francis. He’ll do well there academically, and their facilities are so nice. He’s going to help that team. He has all the qualities for a college golfer, and we’re very proud of the young man.”

Marasco will major in business analytics at Saint Francis.

He said playing in events over the summer as well as his solid senior year at Bishop Guilfoyle helped him land with the Red Flash.

“I thought the tournaments helped me a lot, going up against some of the best kids in the country. I could end up seeing those kids in college again. Playing them helped me,” Marasco said. “It was an awesome way to end my high school golf career. My senior year was very important, because I wanted to improve and show what I was made of. My junior year I came up short, and I knew what I had to do to be ready for my senior year. Going 10-0 was great and winning the LHAC title was a great experience.”

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