Local Prep Golfer Chooses University


     The Chippewa Valley has been rich on the prep golf scene for a number of years now and today another athlete committed to play at the Division One level.  

     Chippewa Falls-Mcdonell Senior Thomas Longbella announced that he has verbally committed to play golf at the University of Minnesota.

     Longbella just finished up play at the U.S. Junior Amateur Tournament in South Carolina today, an event that he’s now qualified for for two-straight years.  The future Gopher has made quite a name for himself nationally and had plenty of colleges to choose from, but the 20-14 State Boys Golf Champ is excited to take his game to the next level, while only being a few hours away.

      “I have had them in our top three schools for the last two years.  They are the first school that contacted me the start of Freshman year, so I have always been in contact with them.   My family kind of has a lot of ties with the University of Minnesota, my brother is good friends with the coach, it all worked out.  I have met a lot of the guys on the team already.  I felt comfortable playing on the team with them.  I think it is a good fit.”

      Prior to announcing his college choice, Longbella completed his 2nd round in the U.S. Junior Amateur Open and he rebounded from an opening round 8-over 80 by shooting a 2-over, 74.  That puts him in a tie for 108.

     However, despite the improved play, Longbella will miss out on the top-64, where he did not qualify for the match play portion of the tournament.

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