STORRS, Conn. --- With four seniors graduating at the end of the school year, the UConn men’s golf team has replenished its 2015-16 roster by signing three players to Letters of Intent.
Jimmy Hervol of Hopkinton, Mass., Nabeel Khan of Westerville, Ohio, and Nick Harrington of Chaplin, Conn., will enroll at UConn and join the Huskies’ golf program in the fall of 2015.
“We graduate a large class this year,” UConn coach Dave Pezzino said, “and I am excited to fill those roster spots with like-minded Huskies.”
Hervol comes from an outstanding high school golf program under coach Richard Bliss at Hopkinton High School, where he has played four years, the last three as a team captain. He works with well-respected swing coach Tom Cavicchi and plays out of the Hopkinton Country Club.
“Jimmy is just a real tough competitor, no matter the difficulty of the course,” Pezzino said. “His work ethic is through the roof. He is a team captain at Hopkinton and his leadership qualities will be key in the future of our program.”
Hervol won the Francis Ouimet Junior Championship in 2013 and won the Spinal Technology Match Play in 2014. He is a two-time Tri-Valley League MVP and a four-time Tri-Valley League First Team All-Star. He competed on Team New England for the Doral Publix Junior Classic in 2014 and will also be on the team this year.
“UConn is a great school with great academics and great athletic programs,” Hervol said. “I can’t wait to play for Coach Pezzino. I believe he is going to help me grow into a much stronger player over the four years I am at UConn. I think UConn will provide me with opportunities, athletically and academically, that are hard to find at any other college in the nation. I am very excited to become a Husky.”
Khan, from an area of the country rich in golf talent, has played four years at Columbus Academy under head coach Craig Yaskoe. He plays out of Champions Golf Course and the Golf Depot, both in Columbus, and works with swing coach Gerry Hammond.
“Nabeel is a cerebral player whose best golf is ahead of him,” Pezzino said. “Coming from an accomplished golf family, he loves to compete. He’s got a strong drive to improve his game which I’m sure will continue when he gets to UConn.”
Khan is a three-year First Team All-Mid-State League selection, a two-time All-District pick, a Second Team All-Ohio pick, the MSL Player of the Year, and the MVP of his Academy team, which was Section Champion, District Champion, and State Champion. Outside of school, he placed second at the AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, where he received the Scott Cameron Head Cover Award for the low third-round score of 66.
“I’m really excited about the competition of collegiate golf,” Khan said. “Really, I’m excited about the whole college experience at UConn.”
Harrington is an multi-sport athlete at Parish Hill High School, playing four years of varsity basketball and running varsity cross country for four years, in addition to playing four years of golf under coach Brad Caron. He plays out of The Golf Club at Windham, working mostly with his dad, James.
“Nick’s an outstanding all-around athlete who knows how to compete,” Pezzino said. “His golf IQ is high and, although he is already a state champion, I think his best golf is ahead of him. I’m really looking forward to having all of them become part of our program.”
Heading into his senior season in the spring, Harrington is already a two-time team captain, a three-time CSC All-League pick, a two-time CIAC Division IV All-State selection, and All-New England. He was CIAC Division IV State Champion as a sophomore and Division IV State Co-Champion as a junior. Harrington was a Norwich Bulletin All-Area Team member and the Player of the Year as both a sophomore and a junior.
“Growing up in eastern Connecticut, UConn is everything,” Harrington said. “For me, being a UConn athlete is just a dream come true and I believe our team will be something special.”