By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(January 20, 2014) – Park View High School senior Kirby Struhar has committed to golf at Randolph-Macon College, where he will tee it up for the Yellow Jackets starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“The fact that I’m playing in college – which has been a dream of mine since I was little – is something that I am so excited for,” said the 5-foot-2 Struhar. “The night I called coach (Randolph-Macon coach) Ed Turnage and gave him my verbal commitment was a really fun moment that I’ll always remember. We had a great conversation, and I couldn’t be more excited going forward.”
While Turnage definitely affected Struhar’s decision to commit to golf at Randolph-Macon, Struhar noted his first steps on campus made him fall in love with the small, private school.
“Everybody seemed really friendly and it just seemed like a place that I would enjoy,” Struhar said. “Academically, it has everything I’m looking for with a lot of really cool opportunities and seems like a place where I’ll have the chance to be successful. Turnage has been a great man to get to know and has been a big help to me. I’m really looking forward to playing for him.”
Struhar said his favorite courses in Loudoun are the Norman Course at Lansdowne and River Creek. At Lansdowne, Struhar shot his career low with a 71. Later that week, Struhar matched his career low 71 during a high school match at Algonkian.
During his senior season at Park View, Struhar shot a 74 in the Conference 21 tournament good enough for a third place finish. Two weeks later, Struhar shot a 73 in the 4A North Region tournament where he tied for fourth.
Struhar had the opportunity to represent the Patriots at the VHSL 4A state tournament where on back-to-back days he shot an 82 and 78.
The Division III Yellow Jackets will resume their 2013-2014 season on March 14 at the Jekyll Island Collegiate Invitational in Georgia after taking a break during the winter.
“I think my knowledge and love for the game, my desire and determination to get better and my work ethic are all things I hope to bring to the table at Randolph-Macon,” Struhar said. “I’m a big believer in constantly learning, be it in golf or life, and I’m looked forward to getting to play for the next four years and get to learn more about myself and what it takes to be great.”
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Struhar said some of the best memories he has are on the golf course with friends and family.
“I love everything about the game. I love the way I feel when I’m out there, it’s the most comfortable place to be no matter what’s going on in my life,” Struhar said. “I love the way it brings people of all walks of life together. I’ve made so many great friends through four years of high school golf and all the other tournaments I’ve gotten to play in.”
A humble athlete, Struhar noted how thankful he was for all the people who helped him along his golf journey: from the time he hit golf balls into nets at his uncle’s old golf shop in Rhode Island to the day he made his verbal commitment phone call to Turnage.
“My biggest role models would have to be my mom and dad. They’ve both been there every step of the way: I don’t know if I could ever put in to words how much they’ve helped me and supported me through the years,” Struhar said. “They’ve always believed in me no matter what. They’re both always really supportive when I play and it’s always encouraging when I see them flash a thumb’s up after I hit a good shot or make a birdie.”
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. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.