Junior, High School & Amateur Golf
Carroll played an extensive national junior tournament schedule and was ranked as one of the country's top 100 prospects by the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings. Carroll qualified for the US Junior Amateur in 2000 and advanced to match play. He also has two AJGA top 20s, highlighted by a 12th at the ClubCorp Players Championship with rounds of 77-74-73. Carroll placed third at the Future Collegians World Tour's Irish Shootout in 2001. He was All-State in Illinois in 2000 and finished 37th at the Western Junior. Carroll also played basketball and baseball at Crystal Lake South.
Carroll enjoyed a terrific summer playing amateur golf in 2004. He qualified for the Illinois Open and finished 17th at the Chicago District Golf Association Amateur. Brian finished fifth at the 2004 Illinois Amateur, shooting 75-74-73-64. His 64 tied the course record held by Luke Donald. Even with that 64 on the resume, the highlight of Brian's summer came in qualifying for and participating in the US Amateur. At the qualifier at Notre Dame University Golf Course, Brian shot 68-66 to win the section qualify with ease. At the US Amateur, Brian missed advancing to match play by one shot, shooting 79-72 at Winged Foot Country Club, site of 4 US Opens (and the 2006 Open) and the 1997 PGA Championship.
In the summer of 2005, Brian shot 72-67 to qualify for his third USGA event, the US Amateur Public Links and missed the cut by one shot there. He won the 2005 Chicago District Golf Association Amateur Championship, qualified for the Illinois Amateur and finished 14th at the Illinois Open. Carroll led the prestigious Western Amateur for two rounds and wound up second in the stroke play portion, shooting 65-69-76-69. He again qualified for the US Amateur, this time shooting 69-68.
At GW Carroll opened his collegiate career at the JMU Invitation and led his team with rounds of 72-76-71. The highlight of Carroll's first collegiate season came at the 2002 Lehigh-Don Mershon Classic, where Carroll got up and down from 100 yards on his final hole to win the individual title by 1 shot. Carroll posted rounds of 70-77 en route to his first collegiate victory. For his effort Carroll was named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week. In April of 2003, Carroll was named Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week two weeks in a row. The first came after he finished second at the Rehoboth Beach Spring Invitational with 72-74. He was also named Atlantic 10 Conference Performer of the Week for that effort. The second Rookie award came after he finished seventh at the URI-Newport Invitational with 75.
In the spring of 2004 Carroll staked his claim to be considered GW's top player. Carroll was named Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week for his showing at the William & Mary Invitational where he placed seventh with 74-74 and at the GW Invitational where he placed second with 71-73. Brian also added a sixth place finish at the Navy Invitational with rounds of 73-74. Carroll grabbed his third Atlantic 10 Conference Performer of the Week recognition when he finished fourth at the University of Virginia-Andrea Brotto Memorial. Brian fired an even par 216, in a strong field that included UNC, UVA, Furman, Maryland and the Italian National Team.
In 2004-05 Carroll emerged as one of the top players in the Conference and the region. He posted four second-place finishes. The first came at the Northern Intercollegiate at University of Wisconsin Golf Course. He shot an even par 213 and defeated a field consisting of several players from the Big Ten Confernce, many from schools that recruited Brian. He added a second at the ODU-SeaScape Intercollegiate shooting 74-70. He picked up where he left off in the spring, shooting 76-71 on freshly aerated greens at the William & Mary Invitational. Finally, Carroll added a second at the Bethany Beach Invitational shooting 72-76. He also had top-five finishes at the George Washington Invitational and Princeton Invitational. At the end of the year, Carroll was named Academic All-Conference and Atlantic 10 Conference Student Athlete of the Year for Golf. To top off the year, he was named to the Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar team.
Carroll is a team co-captain, a business major and big Chicago White Sox fan.
Transformation of a Champion
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