CB East's Mancuso Signs Letter of Intent to Golf at Elon

On Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, Central Bucks East senior Sophia Mancuso was recognized for signing a letter of intent to continue her golf career at Elon University. Please visit the Photo Gallery to view photos of the event.

Sophia Mancuso – Elon University (Golf)

Final list of colleges:  Elon, Towson, Seton Hall

Major: Finance

Reasons for choosing Elon:  “My heart was set on a school (in the) south, so whether it was North or South Carolina, I really wanted to be south. I was looking at schools in Florida too, but my sister (Francesca) currently goes to Elon. Last year when I was doing college tours, I fell in love with the campus. I’m majoring in finance, and they just got new business buildings, so it really worked out for my major.
“This summer I got a lot of Division II and Division III offers, and I also was looking at Towson and Seton Hall. I had high hopes and was looking at UNC and schools like that, but essentially, I got a meeting with the coach – I love the coach, the team and the facilities.”

What was the progression that led you to competing in golf at the collegiate level?  “I started taking (golf) seriously in ninth grade. After my freshman year playing on the high school team, I fell in love with the sport, so I got lessons. I’d say freshman year and sophomore year I knew I wanted to play in college, so I worked with my coach, just worked really hard and hoped I could play Division I.”

Golf coach Chris Burns says:  “She’s a model athlete. She works hard, more so than any other athlete that I’ve worked with in the past, and her drive and commitment to being successful is just fun to watch. It’s all about the competition. She loves the competition, and she was rewarded through four years of varsity athletics.
“With golf, it’s all about commitment. Anyone can go and swing a club and make the little white ball move a little bit, but she’s just at it all year long. As soon as the weather is good enough, she’s out there. She’s working on her game. Her parents are really instrumental in that because they’ll go out and play with her. It’s all about time. The more times you can hit the ball, the more likely you are to make it work.”

Basketball coach Liz Potash:  “I am certainly thrilled that both Sophia and Audrey (LaBouliere) are playing this season, and with those two, I don’t think it was ever an option not to play – that was something neither of them ever talked to me about. I don’t know where we’d be without the two of them. Soph has really progressed since her freshman year, and she’s one of our leading scorers. We only have four seniors this year, and the girls know we’ve only done two captains every year in my first four years, but this year we went with all four of them because we said it was almost impossible to pick only two of them. They all bring such different aspects of good leadership. Bailey (McManus) is a four-year starter, Gina (Russo) is very vocal, Sophia does a lot of things on the floor, and (Audrey) is such a positive leader. They’re outstanding, and they’re great together.”

About Sophia:
Favorite food: 
Favorite movie:  Happy Gilmore
Favorite music:  “Bills” by Lunch Money Lewis