CHAUTAUQUA, NY – SUNY Ulster sophomore Nick Puleo rallied to shoot a 75 of 3 over par during Friday’s final round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Men’s Division III Golf Championship at the Chautauqua golf course.

With a nine-stroke improvement from Thursday’s 84, Puleo moved from 16th to 12th place, earning a spot on the NJCAA’s All-American second team.

Puleo finished 26 over par 314 for the 72-hole tournament. He had successive rounds of 82, 73, 84 and 75.

SUNY Ulster coach Vincent Manginelli says Region XV medalist Puleo capped off an outstanding career for the Senators in the national championship.

“Nick is a first-team All-American nine days out of ten,” Manginelli said. “Unfortunately, his putter had other plans this week. If it hadn’t been for a few lip outs and bad breaks on the greens, Nick definitely would have cracked that top 10.”

Puleo is a 2020 New Paltz High graduate and a two-stroke second to winner Jared Miller at the 2021 Ulster County Men’s Amateur Championship (The Herdegen). He also won the Wiltwyck Men’s Golf Club title.

“I look forward to watching his golf progress to the next level as he considers his options,” Manginelli said of Puleo.

Andreas Huber of Sandhills Community College (72-289) in Pinehurst, North Carolina, won the individual title by five strokes over teammate Alex Martin (73-294).

SUNY Ulster rookie Frank Natoli (90-379) finished in 58th place. Senators sophomore Colin Henn (105-408) finished 62nd among 68 players. Henn graduated from Kingston High.

SUNY Ulster have sent five players to the National Championships in the last two seasons the tournament has been held. It was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.