By Will Willems Sports Editor
Zionsville Times Sentinel
---- — One of the elite junior golfers in America officially signed to play collegiate golf. Zionsville's Adam Wood, currently ranked sixth in the country in the American Junior Golf Association's Polo Rankings, signed his national letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 13 to play golf at Duke University. "It is always a great feeling," Wood said. "I was able to sort some things out with Coach Green a while back and verbally commit, and that was a great feeling, but now that it is set in stone, I am very excited to get started and join the wonderful community at Duke University." Wood verbally committed to the Blue Devils in spring of 2012. He chose the Durham, N.C. school over a long list of strong golf programs that included Alabama, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue. Ohio State, Stanford, and UCLA. Wood said the mixture of academics and golf made Duke the right fit. "Academic excellence is always something that my parents had wanted in a university for me and they instilled that in me at a very young age," Wood said. "Duke is one of the top universities on the planet, so that in itself speaks volumes. Then their college golf program has been in the top-10 last season and was in the Final Four a couple years ago. I knew if the golf portion and the academic portion sorted itself out that would be the place for me and Duke did that." Wood said one of the things that Duke head coach Jamie Green liked about his game was the way he handled his emotions on the course. "They really liked my work ethic and confidence," Wood said. "Just my overall attitude and that I stay positive. Golf is such a frustrating game that it is easy to see players get frustrated and go into those valleys instead of the peaks. I think they saw that I am positive and determined." For more of this story, read the Nov. 20 edition of the Times Sentinel.