Seattle University men’s golf head coach Marc Chandonnet announced that four golfers have recently committed to play for the Redhawks starting in the 2013-14 season. Luka Karaula (Zapresic, Croatia) will transfer into Seattle U while Ross Kukula (Ocean Park, Wash.), Patrick Sato (Bellevue, Wash.) and Ahren Young (Renton, Wash.) will all begin their collegiate careers as Redhawks starting in the fall of 2013.
Karaula has experience on the Croatian Golf Team and Croatian Junior Golf team. He's tallied victories in both the Croatian National Golf Championship and Croatian National Junior Golf Championship U-21 and has twice won the GK Ban Jelacic Championship. Karaula has a year of collegiate golf under his belt as well, having spent the 2011-12 season competing for Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. He tallied three top-25 finishes for the Bulldogs including a win in the University of Arkansas-Monticello Invitational in his freshman year. He also helped the squad win the conference championship, averaging 75.1 strokes a round that season. He spent the 2012-13 school year studying at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif., and will have three years of eligibility remaining once he begins at Seattle U.
Kukula has spent four years on the varsity golf squad at Ilwaco High School in Ilwaco, Wash. He has led the Fishermen to three consecutive state championships from 2010-12, winning every match during that time period. He won the individual state title in 2012 as a junior for the school’s first-ever individual state golf championship. He also has three First Team All-League designations and was named League MVP in 2012 in addition to being named Team MVP in 2009, 2011, and 2012. Outside of high school golf, Kukula is the reigning Washington State Junior champion and also played in the 2012 Junior America’s Cup, helping Team Washington take 10th. In addition to golf, Kukula spent four years on Ilwaco’s varsity basketball team, two years as a starter.
Sato has spent each of his four years at Interlake High School playing on the school’s varsity golf team. He helped lead the Saints to back-to-back state titles in 2011 and 2012 while compiling an undefeated record both seasons. Individually, he’s earned All-KingCo, All-District, All-Conference, and All-State honors. Outside of high school golf, Sato took first place at the Washington Junior Championship and is a Washington State long drive champion. He’s also earned five top-five finishes in local junior golf tournaments, including two second-place finishes in the Northwest Junior Golf Tour’s Martin Luther King Jr. Open Jan 19-20, 2013, and the tour’s Wahlroth Cup April 6-7, 2013.
Young also lettered all four years while competing for the Kentridge High School varsity golf team. As a three-time team captain, he’s helped the Chargers win two league championships, earning three SPSL North Golfer of the Year awards. He’s also qualified for the state championship all four years and named to the SPSL North All-Academic team all four years as well. He has three top-five finishes on junior tours as well, finishing second in the NWJrGT’s Seattle Jr. Open March 23-24, 2013, third in Washington Junior Golf Association’s District Six Championship July 16-17, 2012, and fifth in the NWJrGT’s Tacoma Jr. Open April 20-21, 2013. In the classroom, Young is a class valedictorian at Kentridge, having maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
“We are very excited about the 2013-2014 recruiting class at Seattle University,” said Chandonnet. “We have watched these players play quite a bit of golf and we are very confident that they have what it takes to contribute to our championship culture. Many of them are proven winners both in the classroom and on the golf course and they understand what it takes to produce excellence.”
These four will be joining Kyle Cornett (Mill Creek, Wash.) as newcomers to the SU men’s golf squad next year. Cornett, who will look to defend his 4A state title May 21-22, signed an NLI in November 2012.