PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's Director of Golf, Scott Allen, has announced the incoming student-athletes for the 2010-11 season. Three players will join the Penn men's golf roster this fall as freshmen.

"I am very excited about this year's class," said Allen, who will enter his third year with the golf programs in 2010-11. "I think all three players will come in right away and compete for starting spots on a team that is already very deep. We had the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in last year's class (Colin St. Maxens), and I think there is a chance that this year's Rookie of the Year is one of these three."

Penn finished third at last year's Ivy League Championships after a runner-up finish in 2009, Allen's first year with the program. Sophomore Scotty Williams was the individual medalist at this year's Ivies, and competed as an individual at the NCAA East Regional hosted by Yale.

MAX MARSICO
Las Vegas, Nev./The Meadows School
Allen: "Max was the 76th-rated player in the class of 2009 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard. He turned down an offer to play for the University of Southern California and spent a year part-time there in 2009-10. He will enroll at Penn as freshman in September. He has a many top-five and top-10 finishes in major junior and amateur events. In 2009, Max shot 67-67 to win his qualifier for the US Amateur at Arizona State University Golf Course. He would shoot 73-82 at the US Amateur and miss the cut. Max also won the 2008 AJGA Las Vegas Classic, shooting 68-71-69."

MARCO FORTADES
Glendale, Calif./Loyola
Allen: "Marco is the 79th-ranked player in the class of 2010 according to Junior Golf Scoreboard. He has played a very comprehensive junior schedule and will join Dillon Hakes, Scotty Williams and P.J. Fielding as the California contingent on the squad. Marco has multiple top 20s in AJGA events including a win at the 2006 AJGA Medicus Postseason Junior in Lake Havasu, shooting 73-68. In 2008, Marco shot 68 to advance through the local qualifying stage to Sectional Qualifying for the US Open. In 2009 he shot 67 to win his qualifier for the California Junior Amateur. In 2010, he shot 146 and qualified as the second alternate for the US Amateur Public Links."

FRANCESCO MELPIGNANO
Fasano, Italy/American School of London
Allen: "Francesco is the first international recruit to wear the Red and Blue in some time. He has built up a strong resume of results in his native Italy; in the UK, where he goes to school; and all over Europe. In 2009, Francesco finished seventh at the Abu Dhabi Men's Open, shooting 77-76. He won the Trofeo LaCoste with a 71. He also won four of the Italian Golf Association National Trophy events, the Tessalo D'Oro with 70-67-74-69 and the Tessalino D'Oro with 70-71. In 2006, Francesco made the quarterfinals of the Italian Under-16 Championship."