It was a natural choice for Wyatt Searles.
The senior from Rosewood was looking at a few schools throughout North Carolina, but there was only one school that he felt was the perfect fit.
And now, the Eagle is officially leaving the nest.
Searles recently signed a letter of intent to play golf at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh. Searles, who just started playing golf fulltime a two years ago, is stilling improving his game and credits his dad for getting him to take golf seriously.
“This is amazing, and it’s just so unreal. I want to thank my parents and coaches for helping me reach this point,” Searles said. “I was kind of late into golf so I was looking at junior programs and they have a good architecture program, so I decided on Wake Tech.
“My dad played all the time, so I figured why not play with him.”
Wake Tech head coach David Kristan was impressed Searles reached out to him.
“Wyatt contacted me with interest and sent an assistant coach down to Pinehurst to watch him play,” Kristan said. “He shot some good rounds there, so we kept talking, and I’m glad he’s joining us at Wake Tech.”
Kristan added “he’s very energetic and exciting. He loves to play the game. He has a great heart, he putts like crazy, and he has tremendous potential to win.”
One of Searles’ biggest strengths as a golfer is his putting and confidence. And Rosewood head coach, Rick Smith, agreed.
“He played with us part-time last year because he played baseball, but when he showed up, we came in first or second,” Smith said. “This year, he’s been steady and our main guy at number one. He plays the game smart, and his advantage is putting.
“He’s a good putter, and you don’t see that at the high school level a whole lot. Wake Tech is getting a good kid.”
Searles’ versatility and energy will benefit him on the next level.
“His enthusiasm is what struck me first. Quite often, golfers are rather staid, and he’s pretty happy to be playing. I love that enthusiasm,” Kristan said.
Searles plans to major in architecture and will attend a four-year school upon graduating from Wake Tech.