For Nick Biondi, the love of the game of golf started at an early age, continued through high school and college, and promises a future professionally. Nick is a senior in the retail management program in Marywood University’s School of Business and Global Innovation and will soon graduate from the school he chose as his second home.
Nick recently competed in the MacKenzie Tour, Canadian PGA, and tied for 98th in the tournament. Competing in the MacKenzie Tour gave Nick the opportunity to play against other great golfers of different ages. Nick’s family, friends, coaches, and teammates were able to track his progress through a PGA Tour app, since they weren’t able to travel with him.
Looking forward to graduating and beginning his travel for summer golf events, Nick is planning to compete in several golf tournaments on the East Coast, with the hope of earning a spot on the PGA tour. Playing in a PGA tournament is something that has been a lifelong dream of Nick’s and his guardian, mentor, and coach, his grandfather, Eugene (Gino) Biondi. Ginorecently passed away, but he left his love of life and of golf as a constant in Nick’s life. Nick’s grandmother has also played a huge part of his foundation and life, and she continues to support Nick in his pursuit of playing professional golf.
"She’s a huge part of what I do now and supports me in every way that she can,” Nick said. His grandfather, who taught him the game that would become his passion, was the third member at the Glenmaura National Golf Course, Moosic, Pa., where Nick grew up on the game of golf, and his grandfather has a “Perfect Attendance” parking spot that was dedicated to him at the club.
It was important to Nick to honor his grandparents, who raised him and his older brother, John. Following the death of his grandfather, Nick changed his last name to Biondi, to reflect his love and appreciation for the man who helped raise him.
Prior to attending Marywood, Nick was a student and golf team member at Scranton Preparatory School, where, in his senior year, he placed 5th in the PIAA state championships. Nick had the opportunity to play golf and pursue his academic career at a number of colleges and universities, but he knew that Marywood University was the right fit for him, both for golf and for academics.
“Academically, coming to Marywood was one of the best decisions I could have made. The faculty push and guide you in the right direction, and everyone looks out for one another here [at Marywood],” he said. Nick credits many of the faculty members in the School of Business and Global Innovation for helping to guide him through his academic career, including: Dr. Rex Dumdum, Dr. Arthur Comstock, Dr. Christopher Speicher, and Cheryl Lynn Murnin.
Nick is proud to be a student at Marywood University, but he is also proud to be a member of the Men’s Golf Team, where “the competitive nature of sports brings out the best of everyone,” he said. Being on a team offers “the opportunity to forge relationships with teammates and competitors, as you are together for a certain amount of time, and each team member or competitor pushes each other to play well, and, as such, we become lifelong friends,” he continued.
Members of the Marywood community are looking forward to all of the great successes that await Nick, and we look forward to watching him play the sport that has become so much of what fulfills him. “I am passionate about the game of golf—I love everything about it. I love to practice, compete, play, and just to get the competitive juices flowing,” Nick said.
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