Mendon's Gavin Hall signs letter of intent to play golf at UCLA
Posted at: 11/20/2012 5:59 PM
| Updated at: 11/20/2012 7:44 PM
By: Robin De Wind | WHEC.com
It's a big day for a local golfer. He's headed to UCLA in January to join one of the nation's top programs. On Tuesday, he made it official, signing his letter of intent.
News10NBC has been following this Mendon senior since eight grade. He is leaving school early to begin his college golf career, but Tuesday, he stopped to enjoy the moment.
Gavin Hall and golf go hand in hand. His amateur career had led to countless wins, sponsor exemptions and an invitation to the Junior Ryder Cup where Hall met his own professional heroes.
But Tuesday, a moment to remember away from the golf course. He put pen to paper and started the next phase of his life.
Hall said, “It's so special to have my parents and family here and I get to start things January 4. I'm excited to get to school.”
Hall committed to the idea of graduating high school early when he chose to play for the 4th ranked Bruins. The remaining six weeks will be bittersweet for his parents, Bob and Mary Ellen. Gavin, an admitted homebody, credits his family for his ability to succeed.
Mary Ellen Hall said, “We've been waiting for this, this has been an expedited process decision has to be made but this moment was peaceful.”
Charlie Webster, Mendon Head Golf Coach, said, “That's the hard part. You don't know if you're going to get a kid like him again. I'll take what I've learned from him and use it with other guys.”
And now everyone gets to wait and watch as this young man fulfills his dreams that started at home.
Hall said, “I think it shows the work I've put in and I'm looking to take this next step in life to play for UCLA, to play in college. This is like the middle step. Part of my life toward the PGA tour.”
Hall says he chose UCLA because of the relationship he developed with the coach and the team and because of the academic opportunities.