Francisco Enjoys Stellar Golf Career and First Ever Hole-in-One


When you golf as many holes as Lisa Francisco, the opportunity for the rare hole-in-one lurks with every round.

A 1996 Karns City high school golf standout, (won the District IX Championship three consecutive years) and now current Women’s head golf coach at Bucknell University, Francisco used a 7 iron on the 137 yard #4 hole at Bucknell Golf Club on August 11, 2020 to put an exclamation mark on her stellar golf career.

The shot was witnessed by her parents, Brent and Bernadette Francisco, of Chicora and Bucknell men’s coach, Mike Binney.

Prior to being named the head coach at Bucknell in June of 2016, she gained two years of valuable coaching experience at William & Mary. Franciso is only the third coach in Bucknell’s Women’s golf program history which began in 1998.

In the fall of 2018, Francisco helped the Bison set a school record with a 310.1 scoring average, while senior Katie Childers also broke the school mark with a 76.1 fall average. The Bison won the Hartford Hawks Invitational in the spring of 2019. The following season, Bucknell posted runner-up finishes at Hartford and Wagner, and junior Casey Morrow lowered the fall scoring average mark with her 75.6. 

Francisco was a member of the Penn State women’s golf team where she was named to the 1997 ECAC All-Conference Women’s Golf team and was a key member of the Nittany Lions’ 1999 NCAA East Regional team.

Franciso graduated from Penn State University in 2000 with a degree in Recreation and Park Management.

Lisa is the daughter of Brent and Bernadette Francisco of Chicora.

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