By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 4, 2014) – Dominion High School senior Erik Dulik has committed to continue his golf career at the University of Delaware beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I know all of the hard work I put into golf has paid off,” the 6-foot-1 Dulik said. “I achieved my goals to play my sport in college and at a college that is right for me. There’s great pressure to jump on early offers, but I’m glad I held off and a better fit came along.”
Dulik acknowledged Delaware was not one of the schools recruiting him during the early signing period in November nor was it one of the schools he was considering.
“When a coach of another college highly recommended Delaware, I was intrigued and they became interested in me from the other coach’s recommendation,” Dulik said. “After a visit to the campus to meet the coach, players, to see the golf facilities and learn more about the school, I was sold on UD. It was everything that I was looking for in a college.”
A list of features Dulik was attracted to includes the mid-size feel of the school, the pretty campus, the undying school spirit, a strong academic reputation and a Division I golf team.
The DI Blue Hens finished their fall season with one top-five finish and open up their spring season on March 16 at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina.
“The team made me feel like I was already part of the team and they are team-oriented – in an individual sport – which is very appealing to me,” said the Washington, D.C. native. “The team gets to use six excellent golf courses in the area, as well as an indoor facility to help us improve our game. One course even gives us our own lockers with our name in gold letters to make us feel welcome.”
Dulik will have to work hard to compete for the Blue Hens at the Division I level after being the fourth Delaware signee out of the class of 2014.
“I feel honored that [coach Mike Keogh] went to so much trouble [to find scholarship money] and has such confidence in me,” said Dulik who has four times shot 4-under par. “What I hope I can add to the Blue Hens’ team is my drive to continue to improve my game and be a contributor that helps them win tournaments. We will be a really young team, not with huge egos, but with exciting potential all four years.”
In 2013, Dulik had a tremendous season capping it off with a first place finish in the VHSL 4A state championship where he shot a 36-hole 141 over a two-day tournament. Dulik also placed first in the 4A North region tournament with a 68 and first in the Curly Licklider tournament where he shot a 27-hole 107.
Dulik’s other notable tournaments include a runner-up finish at the first ever Loudoun County High School Championships where he shot a 71. The senior’s 76 was good enough for sixth place in the Conference 21 tournament.
Dulik was able to compete at such a high level in 2013, in part, thanks to Dominion coach Jon Abbett who he claimed as his golfing role model adding Abbett made it a goal of his to help Dulik win a state championship.
“He is a very successful local golfer who knows just the right thing to say to me at the right time whether it was to question a club choice, to point out something or to make me laugh,” Dulik said. “Abbett made it a goal to help me win a state championship and he did the same with Sam Stilwell who won two years ago. I am very indebted to him and am sorry to know that he decided not to return next year.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!