Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Joey D Student, Brinson Paolini Wins His Third Straight VSGA State Amateur

Coach Joey D and GolfGym congratulate Brinson Paolini on his Third Straight Virginia State Golf Association State Amateur Championship.

Brinson has been a student of Coach Joey D for many years and is definitely applying what he has learned.

The Virginia State Golf Association published the following on their website:

Brinson Paolini may be a reluctant superstar on the commonwealth’s golf stage, but his sterling play his earned him an unavoidable place of distinction.

Using a workmanlike approach, the 19-year-old Virginia Beach resident outlasted northern Virginian Mike Kirby, 25, of Falls Church, 1 up in Saturday’s Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Belle Haven Country Club (6,970 yards, par 36-36—72) to become the first player to win three straight titles in the 97-year history of the championship.

In addition to Paolini, previously only seven other players – comprised of a virtual Mount Rushmore of Virginia golfers – had collected back-to-back State Am triumphs: Billy Hurley (2004-05); Jay Woodson (2002-03); John Rollins (1996-97); Tom McKnight (1984-85); Curtis Strange (1974-75); Vinny Giles (1968-69) and Chandler Harper (1933-34).

In a roller coaster of a deciding match, Paolini won four of five holes in an important afternoon stretch to answer a 2-holes down deficit and write his name alone in the record books. Owner of a 1-up lead going to the 36th hole of the encounter, the par-4 18th, Paolini got up and down from the back bunker, blasting to a nerve rattling three-and-a-half feet and making the deciding putt for the halve to retain the Schwarzschild Brothers Trophy.

“The VSGA has meant so much to me. To be able to win probably their best championship three years in a row means the world to me,” says Paolini, a rising sophomore at Duke University. “So many great players have come through Virginia. You know you’re doing something right to be in the same conversation with them. I’m very humbled and I feel very blessed to have all the opportunities I’ve been given to be able to do what I did today.”

Coach Joey D and GolfGym couldn't be more proud of Brinson and what he has accomplished in golf. Look for big things from this dedicated Blue Devil.


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