Poland Seminary High School graduate and golfer Jason McQuown committed to Youngstown State University by signing a letter of intent to attend YSU in the fall.
''Coach DiGiacomo has taught me a lot about the mental part of golf,'' McQuown said. ''I can recall him telling me to keep my head in the game when things were not going well on the course; his support has been greatly appreciated.''
McQuown was in Division I, and as a senior he was All District, captain for two years, All League and lettered all four years.
Photo by Mike Capps, Town Crier correspondent
Recently, Poland senior Jason McQuown made his college choice by signing a letter of intent to attend Youngstown State University in the fall. Pictured are Gerald and Christine McQuown, Jason, and Anthony Smaldino. In back are coach Dave DiGiacomo and Jared McQuown.
''He will be hard to replace. I intend to keep a close eye on him at YSU,'' said DiGiacomo
As a young boy, McQuown was influenced by Roseanne Schwatz, YSU women's golf coach. Schwatz owned Whisper Pine Par 3 in Columbiana, where a young McQuown spent much of his time developing his craft. At 6 and 7 years old, McQuown was competing in junior golf tournaments, but what made the game so special was his grandfather, Anthony Smaldino, who was always by his side. Smaldino would take both of his grandsons, Jared and Jason, golfing and fishing, but Jason had the passion while Jared was interested in other sports.
''It was a great connection that my grandfather and I had; and still to this day my grandfather and I are still close. He is a great man, and I am here today because of him. He is a humble man and would never take any credit,'' said McQuown.
McQuown believes YSU is a perfect fit for him because of his close ties with family. Posting a 3.3, he plans to pursue accounting as a major.