CONCORD -- Duty, Honor, Country ... Driving, chipping, putting.

All of the aforementioned applies to De La Salle senior Justin Pagila, a brilliant high school golfer who is headed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

Pagila received interest from Pac-12 schools and other programs, but his decision to play for the Black Knights fits him, well, to a tee.

"Justin is, and wants to be, a leader," De La Salle golf coach Leo Lopoz said. "It's a perfect fit for his personality, work ethic, discipline. Everything the academy stands for he epitomizes. They're getting a special person."

Pagila, who will join former De La Salle teammate Brandon Roberts at Army, is clearly not a your average robo-golfer, despite his dedication to the game and low scores.

Pagila heard the call to service years ago.

"There's always been something missing in my life, between going to school and playing golf, a huge missing link, and I feel the military fills that," said Pagila, whose grandfather served in the Navy for more than 20 years.

Roberts, a West Point sophomore, has filled him in on what to expect.

"He likes it a lot," Pagila said. "He says it's tough and not a free ride, but he really likes it. I'm looking forward to joining him."

How low can Pagila go on the golf course?

He tied the course record at Diablo Country Club this season with a 9-under 61 at the De La Salle Invitational. He had seven birdies and a chip-in eagle on No. 18.

He also was MVP of the East Bay Athletic League with a combined score of 10 under over 11 league dual matches.

The Spartans, who won the league championship and sport a 14-0 dual match record, will be among the favorites at Monday's North Coast Section Tournament of Champions at Rooster Run Golf Course in Petaluma, with designs on success at the NorCal and state tournaments.

Pagila said his goal is to play on the PGA Tour. The path from military service to pro golf has been traveled by Billy Hurley III, who earned his first tour card at age 28 in 2012 after serving as a Navy lieutenant.

Those who know Pagila have long considered him a budding officer and a gentleman.

"What makes Justin special is his dedication to the team and to making everyone around him better," Lopoz said. "He's a true student-athlete who really wants to do well and works at all aspects of his game, which really elevates him to a new level."

This season Pagila was medalist at the Joe Gambetta Invitational at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch, with a 2-under 70.

He shot an even-par 72 at the EBAL tournament at Diablo Grande in Patterson to finish second, one stroke behind teammate Josh McCarthy.

Amador Valley coach Clark Fuller gives Pagila high marks for his golfing preparation and maturity, calling his drive to become an officer "kind of cool."

"He's one of most talented to come out of here," Fuller said. "He's a good young man. The armed forces needs more like him."

Pagila will play college golf in a harsher climate, where it snows about four months each year. But golf is just part of the big picture.

"It's actually a good opportunity to lead a lot people right out of graduation and a good educational experience," he said. "It sets me up for a lot of cool opportunities down the road."