2009-10: Competed in all 11 St. John's tournaments, leading the team with a 73.66 round average and five top-10 finishes... named to Division I PING All-Northeast Region Team... named to All-BIG EAST Men's Golf Team... earned BIG EAST Golfer of the Month honors for October... opened the season with a 71-69-73--213 (+3) at The McLaughlin (Sept. 18-19), tying for 14th place... tied for 23rd at The Wolverine (Sept. 26-27) with a 74-73-72--219 (+3)... fired off a 76-70-72--218 (+5) at the Mission Inn Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-4) to tie for eighth place... posted best finish of the season in the Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational, taking second place with a 72-71--143 (+1)... shot 75-76--151 (+9) to tie for 28th at the Georgetown Intercollegiate (Oct. 19-20)...tied for 23rd in the Treasure Coast Classic (March 1-3) with a 72-76-76--224 (+11)... posted second-best finish and best individual round of the season at the Palmas Del Mar Intercollegiate (March 8-10), tying for sixth after shooting 74-68-77--219 (+3)... tied for eighth with a 75-75--150 (+8) in the Spring Fling (March 12-14)... carded a 70-82--152 (+5) to tie for 10th in the Grub Mart-Young Oil Intercollegiate (March 22-23)... closed out St. John's career with a 74-72-76--222 (+9) and tie for 23rd in the BIG EAST Championship.
2008-09: Played in all 11 St. John's events and paced the team with a 74.23 round average and four top-10 finishes... opened the season with a strong showing at the Maryland Intercollegiate (Sept. 6-7), leading the team with a tie for seventh place after shooting a season-low, 3-under 68 in the second round to finish at 71-68--139 (-3)... led the team in The McLaughlin (Sept. 19-20), tying for 10th after carding a 72-70-70--212 (+2)... led the team for the third straight tournament in the Mission Inn Collegiate Classic, tying for eighth with a 70-76-71--217 (+4)... helped lead team to a tie for third at the NCAA East Regional Preview (Oct. 24-26), tying for 17 with a 77-82-72--231 (+18)... tied for 18th at the Palmas Del Mar Intercollegiate (March 9-11) after carding a 75-71-77--223 (+7)... led the team, taking 38th at the Linger Longer Invitational (March 20-21) after shooting 80-72-77--229... paced the Red Storm in the FAU Spring Break Championship (March 27-29), tying for 14th with a 77-70-72--218 (+5)... shot 74-77--151 (+9) and tied for 11th at the Princeton Invitational (April 11-12)... finished the season strong, taking ninth place at the BIG EAST Championship (April 19-21) after firing off a 76-69-69--214 (-2).
2007-08: Played in 30 rounds for the Red Storm, recording a 72.63 scoring average placing second on the team ... recorded the low score of the year with a 7-under 65 at the Roadrunner Intercollegiate, where he placed second overall ... placed in the top 20 in every tournament he competed in before suffering an arm injury ... registered four top-10 and 10 top-20 finishes on the year ... finished ranked 143 in the Golfstat Cup rankings ... recorded 12 rounds at par or better.
2006-07: Posted his best round of the season, a 2-under par 68, in his first appearance with the Red Storm at the McLaughlin ... second low-round of the season came in St. John's victory at the Treasure Coast Classic with a 2-under par 69 ... finished in the top 10 in three events, including a second place finish at The Tillinghast ... tied for 17th during his first appearance at the BIG EAST Golf Championships ... tied for 93rd at NCAA Regionals, including a 1-under 71 in second round ... averaged a 73.76 on the links.
Before St. John's: Member of the varsity hockey and golf teams ... captained the men's golf team during his junior and senior seasons ... also served as captain on the hockey team his senior year ... was named to the All-Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) and all-state golf teams in 2005 and 2006 ... earned the 2005 Connecticut High School Golf Championship title and in 2006, followed up by taking the 2006 Connecticut Junior Amateur Championship.
Personal: Born in Stamford, Conn. ... son of Mike and Page Ballo ... father Mike was a pro-golfer in the 1960s and 70s, competing in three U.S. Opens and three PGA Championships ... mother Page was an All-America golf standout while at the University of North Carolina ... has a younger brother, Peter ... majoring in sport management.
Ballo Jr. Up Close:
Favorite golf course: Bethpage Black - so hard and so fun.
Favorite Movie: Caddyshack.
Pre-shot rituals: One practice swing, visualize what I am going to do, all while doing my tapping.
Favorite golfer: Ernie Els - The Big Easy.
If you could use only one club to play a whole round? 7-iron. You can do a lot of things with a 7-iron.