McCarthy, Malits, Sparacino Sign NLIs To Join Golf Program As Class Of 2022
Loyola University Maryland head men’s golf coach Chris Baloga has announced that three golfers – Matthew Malits, Mike McCarthy and Sasha Sparacino – will join the Greyhounds’ program in the fall as the Class of 2022.
“I’m thrilled to welcome these three young men to Loyola,” Baloga said. “Each of them are incredibly motivated to take their games to new heights and help us continue to excel in the Patriot League and on a national level. I feel that we have only seen a glimpse of what these guys are capable of and I look forward to helping them develop into strong players during their careers at Loyola.”
Malits comes to the Greyhounds from nearby Dematha High School. A native of Silver Spring, Maryland, Malits recorded four top-20 finishes in AJGA competitions this year and finished second in the 2017 Maryland State Golf Association Open/Amateur Qualifier with a round of 72. His career-best 67 in August was the lowest third-round score of the AJGA Junior at Fiddler’s Elbow in New Jersey, while his low round of 65, followed by a 68, at the US Am Qualifier saw him miss a playoff by one stroke. He also finished second in the Bobby Gorin Junior, fifth in the Bubby Worsham, tied for seventh in the US Junior sectional qualifier and tied for 14th in Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship throughout the 2017 season.
“Ever since I started playing golf, I’ve wanted to play in college and hopefully go pro,” Malits said. “My granddad went to Loyola and has only had good things to say about the school, so I chose Loyola because it’s a great school with a strong community aspect and supportive alumni outreach program.”
McCarthy, a native of Bethesda, Maryland, earned two varsity letters in golf at Gonzaga College High School outside of Washington, D.C. He participated in the Williamson Cup in 2016 and 2017, and played for the Maryland team in the Capital Cup through 2015, 2016 and 2017. He also finished fourth at the MAPGA Denny McCarthy Junior Invitational, fourth at the Frank Emmet Schoolboy Championship, 11th at the Bobby Gorin Memorial, ninth at the Junior PGA Championship Sectional Qualifier and was top-20 at the AJGA – Amino VITAL at Treburn Country Club.
“I chose Loyola because I thought it was the best fit for me,” McCarthy said. “Coach Baloga has built a strong program and I think he can make me the best player possible. I’m also excited about the opportunity to be able to compete to win a conference championship.”
Sparacino will become the Greyhounds’ first international golfer, as he comes to Loyola from Dubai, UAE. The team captain and two-time MVP at GEMS World Academy - Dubai, Sparacino has been ranked in the top-five in the Middle East Amateur juniors for the last two years, including holding a No. 2 ranking this year. He owns four career wins, including winning two tournaments this year, and represented the United Arab Emirates at the IMG Academy Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California this summer. He also logged a top-10 finish at the Bob Riley Junior Open Championship at the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria, Virginia, this summer and won the Jumeirah Golf Estates Junior Open.
“I chose Loyola because it is a place that allows me to focus not only on education or golf, but both at the same time,” Sparacino said. “As I started looking at schools, I realized I wanted something smaller, but somewhere that would still help me try to play professional golf. Once I started talking to Coach Baloga, and I came to visit the University this summer, I realized it’s a nice place with good people and not far from Baltimore. It’s somewhere I can take my talents and use them for my best. I look forward to bringing a bit of Dubai to Loyola with me.”