Thunder golfer signs letter of intent

Mencaccy to play for Notre Dame Argonauts
By: Cindy Cutts Courtesy/Rocklin High School
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Rocklin High senior Michael Mencaccy signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to play golf for Notre Dame de Namur University, Monday. Mencaccy was named Rocklin High School’s MVP Golfer, selected to the Sierra Foothill All League first team, and finished among the SFL’s top four golfers in 2011. Thunder Head Coach Tim Hurrianko had high praise for Mencaccy. “Michael has shown tremendous growth and leadership in his years with the varsity golf team,” Hurrianko said. “I am very proud of his hard work and I know this will help him to compete at the next level.” Mencaccy intends to major in business accounting while at Notre Dame de Namur, located in the Bay Area. He is excited about the new challenges that lie ahead playing at the college level. “It’s awesome,” Mencaccy said of Argonaut golf. “I really like the coach and the campus.” He said he would eventually try to qualify for the Nationwide Tour, and for championships like the United States Open. However, if professional golf does not work out he would also consider a career in criminal justice. Mencaccy said he chose golf at an early age because of the opportunities it offered. He had success at other sports, but felt golf was a better fit for his future. By the time he entered the eighth grade he had turned his attention totally on golf. “I stopped playing (other sports) in the eighth grade because I knew I wouldn’t get a scholarship,” said Mencaccy. “I committed to one sport.” That foresight opened a big door for him. He began seeking the assistance of some top golf coaches and started competing in two-day tournaments. He began practicing every day and getting instruction as to the right shot for each situation. He also worked on the mental aspect of the game to keep from getting frustrated. Mencaccy said his short game was the key to his success. He began using pro-line golf equipment, and especially liked playing on the Thunders’ home course, Whitney Oaks. He said the Whitney Oaks layout presented the challenges he needed to learn how to put the ball in the right spots. “We’re so proud of him, and so excited. He’s gotten better and better. His game is amazing,” said Mencaccy’s mother, Denise Mencaccy. “We’re very excited. (Notre Dame) is a great fit for Mike.” Rocklin High School Athletic Director, Davis Stewart, was also proud of Mencaccy’s achievement. “It is exciting to watch a student athlete set a goal for himself and then set out and accomplish it,” Stewart said. “Since Mike was a freshman playing on the varsity golf team he has pushed himself to become better, both as an athlete and a student. We will miss his positive attitude on our campus and we wish him well on his college golf career.” Mencaccy is the son of Scott and Denise Mencaccy of Rocklin. Jim Linsdau, Placer Herald Sports Editor, contributed to this story