Villanova Career: Returning player with great potential ... Has improved during his first two seasons on the team and will be given a chance to earn a spot in the lineup at the beginning of the season ... Has played in six tournaments and 12 rounds in two seasons with a composite stroke average of 78.92 ... Best round was a 72 (+1) during his freshman campaign.
2006-07: Participated in eight rounds over four tournaments played ... Finished the season with an 81.38 stroke average ... Best round of the year was a 73 (+1) in the opening round of the season-ending Rutherford Intercollegiate at Penn State ... Placed 20th in a field of 66 golfers in the event with a 54-hole total of 233 (+17).
2005-06: Made his collegiate debut playing as an individual at the James Madison Invitational ... Carded rounds of 73-76-72=221 at the tournament ... His round of one-over-par (72) in the final round was his best of the season ... Tied for 53rd place in the field at James Madison ... Also carded a round of 75 (+4) at the Widener Invitational during the spring ... Played four rounds overall and had a stroke average of 74.00.
Archbishop John Carroll High School: Lettered in golf and track ... Named golf team MVP all four years ... Two-time All-Delco and two-time All-Main Line selection ... Four-time All-Catholic league honoree and two-time Catholic League individual champion ... U.S. Army Scholar Athlete Award recipient ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Archdiocesan Scholar ... Ranked 11th out of 297 in his high school class ... Four-year member of first honor roll.
Personal: Born 5/24/87 in Media, Pa. ... Oldest of three sons of Richard and Julie Gropp ... Brothers are Matt (16) and Jeff (13) ... Majoring in Chemical Engineering.