Alcorn State University sophomore Daniel Racioppa was handed a set of golf clubs at a young age. Since then, he has continued to swing his way to becoming a successful golf player for the University golf team.

“I got my first set of clubs when I was 12-years-old from a number of relatives,” said Daniel, business administration major. “My family and friends sparked my interest in golf.”

Over the course of the 2015-2016 season, the sophomore, Mount Albert, Ontario, Canada native has been a force on the golf course. Last semester, he dominated his competition at the Mississippi Valley State Classic. His winning streak continued at the Alabama A&M/Miles College Fall Classic. Recently, he cruised to victory at Alcorn’s Braves Classic and captured another victory at the Lemoyne Owen Golf Classic. Of his tournament wins, Daniel said that his victory at the Braves Classic is his favorite.

“It felt a little more special to win the Braves Classic because Alcorn was hosting the tournament.”

Daniel’s success has fueled his desire to, one day, take his talents to the professional ranks.

“I definitely plan to play on a professional level of golf because I like the individual aspect and discipline that the sport requires. My golf inspiration is Canadian golfer Graham Delaet, who’s probably the best golfer on the PGA Tour right now. I would love to qualify for a PGA Tour event some day.”