STORRS, Conn. --- UConn men’s golf coach Dave Pezzino has announced that Rodrigo Sanchez (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) and Jack Boulger (Walpole, Mass.) have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the program upon enrollment in the fall of 2017.
“I’m excited to welcome Rodrigo and Jack to Storrs,” Pezzino said. “These young men have outstanding resumes both on the golf course and in the classroom. Their work ethic and attitudes will fit in well with our current group of student-athletes as well as the culture that has evolved in the UConn golf program over the past 75 years.”
Sanchez, who has trained at the Jim MacLean Golf Academy in Doral, Fla., and Fort Worth, Texas, for the past four years, will come to UConn with impressive golf credentials. He was the Dominican Republic National Junior Champion (ages 13-16) from 2012-2015 and the Dominican National Junior Tour Champion (8 tournaments) from 2012-2015.
“My goal is to get a great education and play competitive golf in college, and I fell that by going to UConn, my dream would come true,” said Sanchez, who intends to major in civil engineering. “When I met Coach Pezzino and the team, they made me feel like I was part of the UConn family.”
In addition, Sanchez was the Florida champion at the AJGA Preseason Championship, the Puerto Rican champion at the Caribbean Junior Golf Championship, the Dominican Republic champion at the Santo Domingo C.C. President’s Cup, the Florida champion at the Doral-Publix Junior Classic, and he competed in the Junior Orange Bowl Championship.
He has played in 11 AJGA tournaments, including the Nike Junior All-Star International, four Caribbean Junior Amateur Championships, and the Caribbean Amateur Championship.
“Rodrigo allows us to bring in an international player who has enjoyed a lot of tournament success,” Pezzino said. “He is a tireless worker, which matches the mindset of all our players.”
Boulger, who attends Xaverian Brothers High School, has been honored as a Catholic Conference All-Star in each of the last two years and the league MVP, as well as a Boston Herald Golf All-Scholastic pick. He won the D1 South Sectional Tournament and tied for second at the Mass Junior Championship.
“I chose UConn because of the combination of top-notch golf and academics,” said Boulger, a future business major. ”The support system at UConn sets you up for success. Coach Pezzino is really close with all the guys on the team and I feel really at home there. It’s the best place for me to be.”
Boulger tied for second to lead Team Massachusetts to the 2016 New England Junior Amateur Invitational championship with a 35-shot victory over Connecticut. He also has won the Walpole Country Club championship and placed fifth at the USCC Francis Ouimet Junior.
“Jack is a perfect fit for our program because of his work ethic and the fact that he’s not afraid to post a low number on the course,” Pezzino said. “He has had a lot of success in junior golf and with his outstanding high school team. With his potential, I expect Jack to add to our competitiveness moving forward.”