2013-12-14 / The Bullhorn

RCS welcomes new golf coach

By Hannah Lunsford


Earl Gurtner Earl Gurtner The Roxboro Community School (RCS) Bulldog family welcomes Earl Gurtner, the new high school golf coach.

Gurtner, raised in Minnesota, worked for Virginia Tech as a visiting professor of purchasing for several years and was a sales manager.

Gurtner said he fell in love with hitting a ball while entertaining a puppy he was raising. The puppy retrieved the tennis ball and from that experience, Gurtner’s love of golf grew.

Gurtner has played golf for 30 years, but only in the last 10 years has he begun coaching.

“I have enjoyed seeing golfers grow in the sport and my game is better now than it ever has been, as I understand the small things in golf,” he said.

Gurtner feels that this year is a year of growth for the RCS golf team. He is interested in getting girls out to play because he believes that they will be surprised at their abilities.

“RCS is a very interesting experience for me,” he said. “I love the school’s outlook and I hope to do a quality job of building a winning program, but more importantly, to build a successful person out of each team member who comes out to play.”

Gurtner said he encourages all students to take advantage of the golf team because they will be able to play this game for the rest of their lives. He said that golf improves one’s health.

The RCS golf team was founded three years ago. Dalton Pulliam, a 2013 graduate, and current senior Aaron Adams progressed to the 2013 Regional competition.

Athletic Director Pete Tuck said, “Gurtner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the RCS golf team. I’m very excited to have him join our coaching staff.”

Golf workouts have already begun at the Roxboro Country Club. Official practices will begin Feb. 12.

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