Penn State earned itself a pair of 2015 commitments this past week in Ryan Dornes and Charles Huntzinger.
Dornes, a 17-year-old Lancaster, Pa., native and senior at Manheim Township High, is ranked 80th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Junior Rankings for the Class of 2015. Huntzinger, 17-year-old Duluth, Ga., native and senior at Peachtree Ridge High, is unranked but still considered one of the top rising seniors in Georgia.
“I chose Penn State because it is where I felt most comfortable and also felt that it was the best place that could provide me with great opportunities on and off the golf course,” Dornes said. “It has a rough winter, but I am already used to it up in the north so it will not bother me. The coaches are great and can definitely help me along the way. I wanted to go somewhere where I can make a difference and I believe I can do just that at Penn State.”
Dornes’ older brother, J.D., currently plays golf at Penn State. He’ll be a senior for the Nittany Lions this season.
“We will be able to play one year together,” Ryan Dornes said. “It should be a great experience.”
Huntzinger has won three tournaments this year in Georgia, including the Georgia Junior. He also tied for fourth at the AJGA Junior at Steelwood and finished T-10 at the Georgia Amateur.
“I picked Penn State because I wanted a school that had a good balance of athletics and academics,” said Huntzinger, who also considered Kennesaw State, Mercer, Georgia Southern, Virginia, Florida State and South Florida among other schools. “The facilities and the support given to student athletes is just incredible.
“Talking with coaches (Greg) Nye and (Mark) Leon before I verbally committed about what they wanted the team to look like in a few years was one the deciding factors because I want to help them continue to build the program at Penn State.”