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Jones Signs with Franklin Pierce

April 14, 2016

Rosa Jones’ 18th birthday was a memorable one.

Yesterday morning the senior golfer signed a National Letter of Intent to become a student-athlete at Division-II Franklin Pierce University. Her signing was the culmination of a tremendous amount of hard work and determination. Golfers must be focused, precise, and dedicated if they want to succeed at such a highly technical sport and Rosa did so at a very high level. In her personal statement for a recruiting website Rosa once wrote:

Each day that I play this sport I see an opportunity to learn. One bad shot, one bad stroke does not define my game, but presents an opportunity to grow. I do believe that my best golf is ahead of me and I am working at my craft daily so one day I can fulfill my dream of participating on a collegiate golf team.

Yesterday that dream came true.

Rosa was a highly recruited prospect after an outstanding 4-year career on the boys’ varsity golf team. In 2014 she became the first female Stony Brook golfer to qualify for the highly competitive Boys’ Golf County Championship. Her current statistics include an 18 hole scoring average of 80, a 7.6 handicap, and a tournament scoring average of 83.

Her achievements caught the eye of numerous college coaches and she fielded over a dozen scholarship offers from schools including the University of Hartford (Division I), Sacred Heart University (Division I), The College of Saint Rose, Eastern University, Queens University of Charlotte, American International College, and SUNY Cortland.

What separated Franklin Pierce from the pack was the aesthetic beauty of the campus and the quick bond she formed with the girls’ team on her overnight visit. “Not only were they super welcoming,” said Rosa, “they all had a goal to be number-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference and I think that competitiveness really makes a team stand out.” In September the Ravens finished 2nd in the NE-10 Tournament behind Merrimack College and are hoping to knock off the Warriors next season with Rosa’s help.

While Rosa is looking ahead to college, she will miss the Stony Brook community. “I felt a part of a family these past 4 years. Growing with such a tight-knit community really made me feel like I had so much support.” From her time with the golf team she’ll remember Coach Mike Hickey’s pre-match prayers that emphasized playing up to one’s potential and having fun.

When she’s not walking the course next fall, Rosa will be majoring in Health Sciences in the hopes of becoming an athletic and pediatric physical therapist.

We will miss her, but we know that she will succeed wherever she goes. Good luck, Rosa!

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Franklin Pierce

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