Greensburg Trib athletes of the week: Indiana's Matt Holuta, Derry's Sydney Syster
Claim to fame: Holuta, a Rutgers recruit, tied for medalist honors and advanced to the WPIAL semifinals after shooting a 71 on Sept. 17 at the Section 1-AAA tournament at Valley Green Golf Course. Holuta finished second in the WPIAL last season.
“I was very pleased with how I played. Being tied for first isn't bad,” Holuta said. “It was an overall good day and we were able to get two other teammates through to the next round.”
Why did you decide on Rutgers and what will you be studying?
I will be studying finance. I really like business and math. I'm interested in the market, and I thought it would be a good major for me. I think their program is heading in the right direction by moving into the Big Ten and they have a new coach that I like.
What would it mean to get a WPIAL title as a senior?
It would be awesome. It's what I play for every year and to do it as a senior would be really special.
If you weren't playing golf, what sport would you be playing?
I would probably be playing baseball. I always liked baseball when I was younger. Baseball is during conflicting seasons with golf. I had to stop playing baseball so I could focus on golf.
How did you get into playing golf?
I started when I was younger. My dad was playing golf and I have an older brother who also played. So, I just picked it up.
What's the best piece of advice you have received?
I would probably say to act like your No. 1 but play like your No. 2.
Claim to fame: Syster finished second with a score of 83 at the Section 1-AA tournament at Latrobe Elks Golf Club last week. Syster will move onto the WPIAL Class AA championship at Hillcrest Country Club on Monday. She finished seventh in the WPIAL last season.
“Based on the year I have been having, I had hoped to qualify,” Syster said. “I was happy with how I did. However, there is always room for improvement.”
What are your college plans?
I'm looking at a few different schools. I'm hoping to go to Methodist University in North Carolina. I want to major in professional golf management. I have been changing my mind with what I would major in. I thought this major would keep me busy, and I thought it would be a good fit for me.
What would it mean to get a WPIAL championship?
It would mean a lot. It would just show the hard work I have put into it and it would be exciting.
What is your favorite golf course?
(Latrobe) Elks Golf Course. It's a longer course. It plays well with my game and I just have become familiar with it by playing and working there.
What was the best part of your summer?
I went to North Carolina to visit colleges and, all the other weeks, I played in tournaments. I played in the Kings Tournament, which I played in last year. The tournaments give me a lot of experience and have been helpful.
If you were to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I want to go to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the carnivals. I have family members from there and hearing how it is I just want to see the street fairs and carnivals. I just want to see how they do things.