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Delio enjoys stellar debut

Posted: April 29, 2008 2:20 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.

 
At this point, Saugus High graduate and Cal State Northridge golfer Nick Delio has to acknowledge that his future is bright.

Premature to discuss it now or not, Delio could make a career out of the sport if he stays on pace.

The 2007 Foothill League Most Valuable Player and All-Santa Clarita Valley boys golfer of the year was recently named the Big West Conference's Freshman of the Year.

The 18-year-old was also selected to the All-Big West First Team.

"I set my goals pretty high," he said. "My expectations were pretty high. The courses we played were not that much different than Robinson Ranch."

Delio said his goals this season were to be the conference player of the year, win a tournament and have a couple of top-five finishes.

Though he didn't win the conference player of the year, Delio did manage to accomplish the other feats.

In October, he won the SCU Invitational after shooting a three-round 13-under par 203.

Delio had three other top-five finishes this season.

He said, though, he was frustrated in the middle of the golf season because of struggles.

Nonetheless, he bounced back.

The CSUN freshman helped lead the school to its first men's tournament title in eight years when the Matadors won the OGIO-Pacific Coast Intercollegiate at San Marcos Golf Club in Santa Barbara on April 1.

Delio finished second with a three-round 6-under 207.

"I learned to not get down on myself," Delio said. "There's way more important things in life than getting upset and being frustrated."

He has signed up for a U.S. Open qualifier and will also try his hand at the U.S. Amateur Open.

Delio said he's still very much learning different things about golf, though, and a professional career is still a couple of years away.

"That's the goal. That's the game plan," he said of pro golf. "I want to play professionally, but I also want to at least go a couple more years at CSUN."

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