Recent Signings Continue Family Ties

Alex Galvan with Dick McBride.

Dec. 15, 2011

LOS ANGELES - Connor Campbell of Seal Beach, Calif., and Chase Nicolai of Long Beach, Calif., have signed National Letter's of Intent to join LMU and the men's golf program starting in the fall of 2012. The two Southern California standouts continue a trend of local stars coming to LMU under Head Coach Alex Galvan.

Campbell, who helped the Los Alamitos boys golf team make history at one of the most challenging course used in OC high school golf a year ago, will complete his senior season for Head Coach John Haygood in 2012. Nicolai will graduate this spring from Woodrow Wilson High School and is in his fourth year on the varsity golf team under Head Coach Jeff Evans.

Campbell helped the Griffins make history at Big Canyon Country Club last season during a Sunset League match against Newport Harbor. He was the medalist in the match, shooting a 3-under-par 33 as the Griffins posted a 191-195 victory. The 191 set a course record for high school matches at Big Canyon.

This past June, Campbell posted rounds of 72, 71 and 75 for a three-round 218 at the AJGA Mission Hills in Palm Desert. It was good for a tie at fourth out of 53.

Nicolai, who continues a trend of brothers joining the LMU men's golf team, is a two-year All-League selection, earning the honor a year ago as a junior and as a sophomore in 2010.

As a sophomore Nicolai was the Moore League Champion, shooing a one-under 287. He was named the 2010 SCPGA Summer Metro Player of the Year. His success in 2010, launched him into 2011.

He would win the 2011 Yorba Linda Invitational with rounds of 73 and 70, and then take second at the 2011 Bridgestone Tournament of Champions with a three-under 141, hitting rounds of 69 and 72. He would take second at the 2011 Toyota Tour Cup at Tukwet Canyon with rounds of 72 and 70.

Nicolai was named first alternate at the 2011 USGA Junior Amateur Championships with a pair of 70s at Woodland Hills and he would take 15th at the 2011 Cal State Junior Amateur with rounds of 73, 77 and 69.



Nicolai's brother played for the Lions from 2006-10 and he will be the second younger brother to join the current LMU program. Bryan Bergna, a junior on this year's squad, joined the program in 2010 two years following his brother Louie, who helped the Lions to its 2006 West Coast Conference Championship and was on the team from 2006-09.

Other family combinations for the Lions include the Donovan's, who followed their father's footsteps, William Donovan, who played in 1950. Michael Donovan played in 1983 followed by his brother William Donovan, Jr., who played in 1987. The third generation of Donovan's, Danny Donovan, played from 1992-97.

Matt Heyn was also part of the program in the mid-1990's, playing from 1995-97. His brother, Scott, joined the program from 1996-2000. Also in that same time from was the Luciano's. Wally Luciano played from 1994-99 and then his brother Will Luciano joined the program from 1999-03.

There was also the family duo from the McBride's, with Richard McBride playing in 1957, followed by Timothy McBride in 1986.



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