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Cabrini golfer Nick Sanscrainte recently signed with Sienna Heights University. Pictured is (left to right) Sienna Heights Assistant Coach, Brett Quitiquit, Siena Heights Head Coach Al Sandifer, Emily Sanscrainte , Jeff Sanscrainte, Nick Sanscrainte , Lisa Sanscrainte and Cabrini Coach Kevin Logan.

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Sanscrainte’s passion for golf runs deep

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When a father takes his 2-year-old son to the driving range he isn't looking to teach the youngster how to swing a club or how to line up a putt or even how to place the ball on a tee.

It's actually bigger than that.

What often happens, after the boy gets bored of using the ball washer, is he falls in love with the great game of golf. And it can turn into a lifelong affair.

That's exactly what happened to Nick Sanscrainte, a key member of the Cabrini golf team.

"I have had a great passion for the game ever since," said Sanscrainte of that trip to the driving range some 15 years ago.

And it's not surprising that his father has been his biggest influence, on and off the golf course.

"He always made the game fun and still encourages me to get better as I grow stronger and more mature," Sanscrainte said.

The senior, who is co-captain along with fellow senior Ian Taylor, is certainly having fun for Cabrini. He is entering his final high school year with an individual record of 13-4 through his first three seasons.

His junior season was his most successful, receiving All-Catholic League honors, finishing second in his division at the CHSL Championship and shooting a 78 at Districts during the state playoffs.

Sanscrainte, 17, is shooting for even bigger things this season.

“I am entering my last year with a lot of optimism," he said. "I think our team has a lot of talent, and a chance to have a great season. Coach (Kevin) Logan has done a great job growing the program the past two years.”

After receiving multiple academic and athletic scholarship offers, Sanscrainte recently signed a letter of intent and committed to playing for Sienna Heights University this fall. He has been an Honor Roll student throughout high school.

He's come a long way since that trip to the driving range.

"I chose Siena because the liberal arts style of education, as well as the athletic program, really peaked my interest," said the son of Jeffrey and Lisa Sanscrainte. "I felt as though I would be a good fit for the university as soon as I stepped on campus, as well as playing with the golf team."

First things first, though.

“I’m definitely excited to start my college career this fall, but I am staying focused on our upcoming season," he said. "I think our team at Cabrini has the most talent of all of my four years. I think we can do great things this year, and advance farther than we ever have.”

He's obviously very excited about this upcoming season and he has no problems swinging for the fences when it comes to expectations.

"My goals for this year are to lead my team to a league championship, to win the individual Catholic League Championship, and to play well enough for the State tournament," he said. "Also, I will try my best to influence my younger teammates to strive to improve and stay competitive."

Sanscrainte, who also plays hockey, is strong off the tee, consistently hitting fairways which in turn set him up for success.

"My technique around the greens has always been solid, but I am currently working on touch and feel on the shorter shots around the green," he said.

Sanscrainte gives his coach a lot of credit for not only helping his game but also helping create a competitive program at Cabrini.

"Coach Logan is doing great things for the golf program at Cabrini," he said. "The team this year is looking very solid and optimistic."

Logan has nothing but positive things to say about his standout golfer.

“As a new coach you want to build your program around a player who exemplifies the qualities you want your program to represent," Logan said. "Nick is that player. He has a solid swing, a good work ethic, a team leader and involved supportive parents."

He's also a solid player on the links.

"From a solid foundation Nick has worked on his game tirelessly throughout the year," Logan said. "During the season he led the team in scoring and over the summer he continued to work on his game with hours of practice and playing in the Junior Top 50.”

Last Updated: 4/29/2014 3:52:32 PM EST