youConnecticut Athletic Communications / Nov 11, 2022
UConn’s men’s golf team has searched far and wide to find its freshman class for 2023-24.
UConn Coach Dave Pezzino announced that UConn has received letters of intent signed by current high school students Bradley Sawka of Ellington, Connecticut, and Alex Heard of Boca Raton, Florida. They will enroll at UConn in the fall of 2023.
“These two young men have the ability to help us immediately, and I look forward to working with them as soon as possible,” Pezzino said. “They will be great additions to our program.”
Sawka, whose home course is Ellington Ridge Country Club, one of UConn’s premier practice courses, distinguished himself in three years of varsity golf at Ellington High School. A two-time team captain, Sawka won an individual conference championship as well as an individual state championship. He also plays college football and basketball.
“I chose UConn because of all the opportunities it presents,” Sawka said. “The education I will receive is amazing and it also gives me great opportunities when it comes to golf. The team travels all over the country and plays in major tournaments against great competition.
“Another reason I chose UConn is because of the group of guys – they are humble, down to earth people. Finally, one of the biggest factors is because of Coach Pezzino. C He’s a great life coach as well as a golf coach and I know he will push me to be the best I can be.”
Besides his high school golf accomplishments, Sawka won an AJGA championship and has three top 10 finishes in AJGA tournaments.
“It’s been a pleasure to watch Bradley develop as a young player,” Pezzino said. “I give him a lot of credit – he played a domestic schedule. His dad, John, is an exceptional player in his own right and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
“Bradley’s work ethic and tournament experience will stand him in good stead. I’m really excited to add another golfer from Connecticut to our team.”
Heard, who attends Boca Raton Community High School, is ranked No. 3 in high school in Florida after winning the South Florida PGA High School Championship, placing second in the South Florida District and fifth in the Florida State High School Championship.
In 2021, he was named Palm Beach County High School Golfer of the Year after winning the South Florida Regional Championship and placing 10e at the Florida State High School Championships.
During his three years in high school, Heard was a 14-time high school game medalist, four-time team most valuable player, and co-captain of the team.
“UConn has always been my dream school,” Heard said. “I’ve been wearing Husky equipment since I was 2 years old. Business school is exactly what I’m looking for academically. The golf program is awesome and Coach Pezzino is an amazing coach. Once I met him and the team, I knew I had found the perfect place for me.”
Heard also has five Florida State Golf Association Junior Tour Top 5 finishes, seven wins and 11 South Florida PGA Junior Tour Top 5 finishes, and two-time South Florida Junior Tour Player of the Year.
“Alex will be a perfect fit for UConn,” Pezzino said. “He’s an outstanding student-athlete. He’s played a busy junior schedule and he’s a hard worker. It’s a work ethic that will help him succeed with his new teammates. He’s a perfect fit with the ethic of work that we have established in our program.