SURFSIDE Ross Kukula signed a letter of intent to attend Division I Seattle University on a golf scholarship. The key is a lot of practice, Kukula stated. His dad, Jon Kukula, is the golf pro at Surfside Golf Course.
Ryan Kukula, Ross older brother, plays for Willamette University and Ilwaco teammate Clark Wilson will also attend Willamette next fall and play golf. Ryan Kukula is in the running to play at the Division III national tournament after shooting rounds of 72 and 71 in the Northwest Conference championship.
It was a hard decision to go to Seattle U instead of going to Willamette with my brother and Clark. I am excited about going to Seattle U and play golf for them. It will be a new environment for me to be in downtown Seattle and not at the beach, Ross Kukula said.
He and Wilson, Anthony Yoder, Kenneth Sheldon and Taylor Schisler will compete for the fourth straight 1A state championship in May. My biggest accomplishment was playing for Team Washington and getting sixth place in the Hogan Cup. Winning the Washington Junior Golf Association championship was pretty cool, too. And of course winning the state tournament with my teammates has been great, Ross Kukula stated.
I want to go into business and marketing and then attend the Professional Golf Association school so I can become a golf pro and manage a course, Kukula said. In the short run he plans to play a couple of practice rounds at the Lake Spanaway Golf Course, site of the state 1A championship May 21 and 22.
Kukula was the first Ilwaco golfer in school history to be the medalist at the state tournament last year and that is definitely on his radar again this year. And then it is off to the city and competition at the Division I collegiate level.