IR’s Hook signs letter-of-intent to golf for Eckerd College

It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment to become good at any sport, but maybe none more so than golf — the little nuances, the mental approach and the way the ball travels various different ways, depending of your club angle, hip turn, foot balance, etc….

Indian River High School senior Colby Hook has logged an amazing amount of time over the course of his young life trying to perfect his craft on the links. His efforts helped lead the Indians to winning seasons in each of the past three years, as well as his own personal success of placing in the DIAA state championships.

All of those things caught the eye of coach Bill Buttner at Eckerd College, an NCAA Division II program that is located along the Gulf Coast of Florida in St. Petersburg. The Tritons are a member of the Sunshine State Conference.

“I was excited with the offer I received,” Hook said of his college choice. “I am excited to play for Eckerd College. Both the golf program and business program will be a great fit for me.”

Hook, who is the son of Greg and Kim Hook, will be a key part of the IR squad this coming season as they look to unseat Sussex Academy from the top of the Henlopen Athletic Conference South Division throne.

“Colby was a great asset to our team last year, and he should stand out as a senior this year,” said IR golf coach Billy Wingate. “He will find out in college that the competition is going to be somewhat tougher, but I know that he can play with the best of them. He has a bright future ahead of him. I wish him the best.”

Eckerd College is in a perfect spot for Hook to be able to work and enjoy playing golf year-round in Florida. The Tritons wrapped up their fall slate with a 10th-place finish in the McDonough Cup back in October, which was played at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando, Fla. The team will be graduating four seniors in May 2020 from their nine-member team.

 

By Jason Feather
Staff Reporter