By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(August 31, 2013) – As the high school golf season gets underway, Loudoun Valley High School’s Ian Hildebrand has verbally committed to Virginia Tech, where he will suit up for the Hokies starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“First and foremost, [Virginia Tech] is a very strong academic school with good name recognition from around the country,” the 5-foot-11 senior said. “The golf program there has had a lot of success and hopefully some more in the upcoming years. I really love the home golf course and also the practice facilities. All of this, along with a really supportive coaching staff, is why I chose VT.”
Virginia Tech shot 90 rounds under par during the 2012 season, and Hildebrand hopes to help fellow Hokie and Loudouner Maclain Huge (Middleburg Academy) compete at a high level in 2014.
First,however, Hildebrand is going to try to win his first state championship in high school. After finishing runner-up in 2012, Hildebrand feels that, with the support of a strong team, he can emerge as a favorite in Virginia.
“Our team is definitely strong enough to make regionals and if we peek at the right time, possibly states as a team. Individually, I was state runner-up last fall, so all that’s left now is to win,” said Hildebrand whose personal best round is a 66.
“Bob Benning is a teaching professional at my home golf course, Stoneleigh. He is a very wise man who has been around golf for quite some time,” said Hildebrand who plans on majoring in business. “He knows my game very well and that’s crucial when it comes to helping a player. Mr. Benning has been very supportive of me since I was a young kid.”
Hildebrand will lead Loudoun Valley into battle on Monday, September 9 as the Vikings play host to the Heritage Pride.
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.