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Petronzio, Valenzuela sign with SMU men's golf

Postby PonyPride » Mon Jul 13, 2020 10:29 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

Petronzio, Valenzuela Sign With Mustangs

DALLAS (SMU) – Head coach Chris Parra has announced the addition of Nathan Petronzio and Alex Valenzuela to the men's golf program for the 2020-21 season.

The duo joins a program that produced a pair of second-team All-Americans in 2019-20 in Noah Goodwin and Mac Meissner, three all-region selections with the addition of Justin Thompson and was ranked as high as No. 2.

Of six total tournaments played over the shortened season, SMU posted victories at the Maridoe Intercollegiate and Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, and finished runner-up at the Trinity Forest Invitational.

"Coach Wilkins and myself are very excited to have Nathan and Alex join our SMU family," Parra said. "They will be a big part of SMU golf for many years. We can't wait to have them on campus and playing for the team. #PonyUp"

Nathan Petronzio | Bee Cave, Texas | Lake Travis High School
Petronzio lettered four seasons at Lake Travis where he posted the lowest scoring average in school history at 70.4 and was named team MVP and co-captain.

He earned runner-up honors at the 2020 Byron Nelson Junior, and was top three at the event in 2017. In 2019, Petronzio tied for third at the AJGA Sergio Garcia and participated at the US Amateur, and 2018 saw him finish top five at the IMG Junior World.

In the classroom, Petronzio was a member of the Honor Roll.

Personal: Son of Russ and Tammy Petronzio… Has one sister, Allison… Uncle played golf at BGSU (1991-95)… Anticipated major is sports management.

Alex Valenzuela | Nassau, Bahamas | Windsor High School
Valenzuela comes to Dallas after lettering his final two seasons at Windsor High School in Nassau. Valenzuela was named Player of the Year and captain of the Golf Academy in 2018 and 2019. He spent his freshman and sophomore years at Ecole Moser in Geneva, Switzerland.

Valenzuela is a three-time winner on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, and has posted four top three and three top-10 finishes since 2018 on the tour.

In 2019, he earned medalist honors at the US Junior Qualifier and posted three top-20 finishes at AJGA events that year. He also finished second at the Mizuno Canadian National Championship, participated at the US Junior, the Rolex AJGA Invitational and made the cut at the Mexican Amateur.

In 2018, he finished top 10 at the Doral Junior Publix.

In the classroom, Valenzuela was a three-time student of the month and was awarded academic achievement for excellence in mathematics (2018-19) and the special award for best progression (2018-19).

Personal: Son of Alberto and Diane Valenzuela… Has one sister, Albane… Father played golf at UCLA (1982-86) and sister played at Stanford and is now on the LPGA Tour… Anticipated major is economics or business.
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Re: Petronzio, Valenzuela sign with SMU men's golf

Postby mustangxc » Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:40 pm

Anyone able to find how this class ranks nationally? I searched for rankings from Golfweek etc. but no luck.
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