Monarchs Land Three Recruits For 2002-03 Season

May 03, 2002
By ODU Athletics

May 3, 2002

NORFOLK, VA. - Old Dominion University head golf coach Dr. Murray Rudisill announced the signing of Greg Sampson (Warren, RI.), Nick Kenney (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) to letters of intent. He also announced Great Bridge High's Jack Babashanian (Chesapeake, Va.) also intends to play golf at Old Dominion for the 2002-03 season.

Kenney, a 5-10, 150 pounder from Rich View High School in Canada led his squad to the District Championship and finished fourth individually. He finished in the top five of the Eastern Canada AJT Amateur Districts for juniors and took fourth at the Pepsi Little People Championships. A member of the Ontario Junior squad, Kenney played in ten national events last summer.

"I was really impressed with the campus and head coach Rudisill, " said Kenney. The son of Bruce and Corinne, Kenney plans to major in sports management with a possible minor in business.

Sampson is a Rhode Island State finalist from St. Raphael Academy. He was second runner-up for an alternate's spot on the U.S. Amatuer squad after shooting a 69-73. Sampson won the World Series of Junior Golf at the U.S. Challenge Cup with a 70-69 in Providence, RI. Sampson was also selected All-Division and first team All-State in Rhode Island.

"I really liked the school, the academics, and location, " said Sampson. "This is the perfect opportunity for me to extend my golf career, as well as play in a strong league like the Colonial." The son of John and Dianne Sampson plans to major in business.

"Nick comes with a strong golfing background in Toronto," said Rudisill. "We have had really good players from Canada on the team and are pleased to be able to add another. "Greg has been both runner-up and champion of Rhode Island junior amateur. He has lots of national competition and will be ready to step into NCAA Division I golf as a freshman."

Babashanian qualified for the State Championships and was runner up for Player of the Year honors. He was a quarterfinalist for the USGA Junior Match Player Tournament and was selected to the State team for the Virginia-West Virginia match. Jack also finished third out of 90 at the Independent Juniors Classic.

"Old Dominion has a very solid golf program and they play in some of the top collegiate tournaments in the southeast," said Babashanian. "I am looking forward to the challenge." Jack is the son of John and Heather Babashanian.

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