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Moyers ties for 2nd at ACC Championship


irginia Tech senior Mikey Moy- ers made his last trip to Old North State Club in North Carolina a good one. The Stanardsville resident, who plays out of the Greene Hills Club, shot rounds of 68-68-70, 10-under par, to finish tied for second at the ACC Championship. Moyers’play helped Tech tie for second in the team compe- tition, just three shots behind Duke. Even with a steady rain falling most of the final round, Moyers was able to record six birdies against four bogey’s for his best finish of the year. For the tournament Moyers finshed with 16 birdies and one eagle. The University of Virginia, playing without defending ACC individual

champion Ben Rusch, who redshirted this season, finished in sixth place. Virginia was led by northern Virgin- ia’s Ji Soo Park, a sophomore. Park shot 74-70-70 to finish tied for 15th. Redshirt freshman Nick Tremps, from Williamsburg, finished tied for 26th in his first ACC Championship. Tremps shot 72-71-75. Virginia Tech also got help from several Virginians. Freshman Maclain Huge, from Lovettsville in northern Virginia, had a strong ACC Champion- ship debut when he shot 71-70-72 to finish tied for 10th. Teammate Bryce Chalkey, a junior from Richmond, finished tied for 29th after rounds of 74-72-73.

Brinson Paolini and Evan Beck also turned in strong performances in their last ACC Championship. Paolini, a senior at Duke, wrapped up an incred- ible ACC career by helping Duke to the championship title with a tie for 7th finish after rounds of 71-68-72. Wake Forest senior Beck, like Paolini a Virginia Beach resident, shot 69-70-75 to finish tied for 15th.

Mikey Moyers

Paolini named winner of Byron Nelson Award T

hree-time VSGA Amateur champion Brinson Paolini, a senior at Duke Uni-

versity from Virginia Beach, was recently honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America with the prestigious Byron Nelson Award.

The Byron Nelson Award goes annually to a collegiate senior who has displayed excel- lence in the classroom and on the golf course. A selection committee also weighs all of the finalists’ entire collegiate career in terms of golf, academics, character, integrity and citizenship.

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Paolini, who plays out of the Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach, has been one of the most consistent performers in Duke golf history and has etched his name into the record books in almost every category. He’s second in career scoring average at 72.25; third in under par rounds with 46; second in rounds recorded in the 60’s with 26; second in rounds at even par or better with 67; sec- ond in top-five finishes with 12; and third in top-20 finishes with 27. In addition, Paolini was a part of eight team victories at Duke and helped the Blue Devils win the ACC Champi- onship in 2013 for the first time since 2005.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the Byron Nelson Award,” said Paolini. “Mr. Nelson was an incredible golfer as well as a committed, generous and compassionate man. He has been a role model for me and many others in golf and in life. All of the five finalists are wonderful golfers and even better people and any one of us could have been selected. Receiving the award, though, allows me to honor the people who made it possible —my teammates, my school, my coaches, my family and of course Mr. Nelson and his family. I am so grateful for the examples they’ve set. Going forward I will do my best to uphold the values, integrity, and citizenship that Mr. Nelson established as a standard for all of us.”

One of the five national finalists was Pao-

lini’s good friend and fellow Princess Anne CC member Evan Beck, a former State Open of Virginia winner who is finishing up his career at Wake Forest University. Congratulations to both Brinson and Evan and their families. The Virginia golf commu- nity is proud of both of these fine gentlemen who are incredible role models for future generations of youngsters in the game of golf.

Photo courtesy of Duke Photography

Photo courtesy of Dave Knachel/VA Tech

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