November 10 was a long time for Luke Koenig.

Koenig, a high school student from North Oconee High School, had dreamed of signing a college track and field scholarship for years. That’s exactly what he did when the NCAA’s first signing period opened on November 10. Koenig has signed on to join the Coastal Carolina Men’s Golf Team.

He celebrated with a signing ceremony held at the North Oconee Field House this afternoon. Koenig said he was relieved to finally have the chance to formalize his future dreams.

“I’ve been thinking about this day for a while now,” Koenig said at the ceremony. “I think since grade eight I’ve always wanted to sign and play a Division I sport. Falling in love with golf and then having a day where I could sign and make that dream come true is just great.

Golf was not always Koenig’s sport of choice, however. Before swinging golf clubs, he played baseball bats.

He grew up playing baseball, but one day he had the opportunity to try his hand at a golf tournament.

After achieving success that day, Koenig fell in love with the sport and devoted himself to improving it.

“I actually played baseball mostly, until grade eight,” Koenig said. “I’ve always wanted to play baseball. Then I played in a golf tournament in my eighth grade and played really well and had some interest in college and wanted to see how it went. It went pretty well. “

Koenig was new to golf, but he showed great skill early on and continued to develop during his time at North Oconee.

He eventually received great attention from college programs through his efforts.

Koenig held bids from West Virginia, Michigan, and the state of San Diego. These other programs offered a lot, but for Koenig, he knew Coastal Carolina was the school for him.

“Coastal was ultimately my favorite school,” Koenig said. “It was a pretty clear decision. … I loved the coaches, [Jim Garren and Yoshio Yamamoto], their mentality and how they developed the players. I know I will improve there and keep improving.

Koenig’s current coach at North Oconee, Kevin Stewart, spoke at the signing ceremony.

He listed Koenig’s accomplishments at North Oconee, pointing out that Koenig ranks in the top five in the school’s boys’ golf statistics.

But more important than Koenig’s success on the pitch, said Stewart, was his behavior within the program.

“If Luke sprained his finger this spring and couldn’t hit a ball for us, I would still want him out there everyday with our young kids and he just influence his teammates,” said Stewart. “That’s the kind of impact he’s had and I know he will continue to have.”

While standing at the North Oconee Sports Complex on November 10, Koenig revealed the emotions he was feeling as he approached the signing of his official stock exchange documents.

He recalled how he saw other Titan seniors sign their own scholarships over the years.

“I remember walking into that eighth grade hall and playing on JV and seeing some of these seniors sign up to go play at college,” Koenig said. “I felt like it was so far away, but it’s here. I’m a little afraid to talk about it.

Koenig said he was undecided about his academic specialization. He said he might be interested in studying in a field related to sports, marketing or finance.

When it comes to his competitive goals, however, Koenig has expressed his high hopes.

“I want to win a national championship,” Koenig said. “That’s the ultimate goal and I know we have guys out there who can do it. I am ready to get down to work and try to achieve this goal.

Koenig has enjoyed great individual and team success with the Titans.

As his final high school season approaches in a few months, Koenig reflected on his time with the North Oconee program and said he wants the team to reach new heights before ending his high school career.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I have met so many great people and had a great coach. I love to compete with these guys. I have so many fond memories of playing in state tournaments and traveling with them everywhere, going to training, eating out. I will certainly miss that a lot when I enter university. Hope I have a good senior year.