Golf's Brian Carroll Qualifies for U.S. Public Links Tournament
June 21, 2006
CHICAGO, IL -- George Washington's Brian Carroll (Crystal Lake, IL) has qualified for the U.S. Amateur Public Links Tournament to be held July 10-15 at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, WA. He fired an even-par 70 on the first course and then a six-under 66 in his second round to win his site with a two-round 136 June 12 at the White Pines Golf Club in Chicago. The winner of the tournament receives an invitation to play in the 2007 Masters.
This will be Carroll's second straight appearance in the Public Links. In last year's tournament, he missed the cut to advance to match play by one shot. Carroll also has played in two U.S. Amateurs, making the cut last year at Merion and advancing to match play. In 2004 he missed the cut by one shot again at Winged Foot. He also played in the U.S. Junior in 2001, so this marks his fifth USGA event. He's planning on playing a top flight amateur schedule this summer in the hopes of finding some sponsors and then turning professional in the fall.
The U.S. Amateur Public Links is one of four Amateur Championships that the USGA hosts for males and one of only two that are open to players of all ages. The U.S. Amateur, the U.S. Junior Amateur (for persons under 18), the U.S. Mid Amateur (for persons over 25) and the Pub Links.
The U.S. Amateur Championship, which is the oldest USGA Championship, was first played in 1895 at the Newport Golf Club in Rhode Island.
The Colonials' co-captain competed in 14 tournaments during the 2005-06 season, placing among the top 10 a total of 10 times and has a pair of top-20 finishes as well. He led GW with a 72.6 stroke average over 31 rounds. He shot a season-low round of 67 in the Hargrove B. Davis Invitational and he won the Joe Agee Invitational on Oct. 4 at Williamsburg, VA, leading GW to the team title.
A three-time golf team MVP, Carroll was one of four finalists for the prestigious National Byron Nelson Award, the second-highest award in college golf. He was named the recipient of the 2006 J. Dallas Shirley Senior Male Athlete of the Year Award on May 8. Carroll maintains a 3.49 grade point average as a finance major. He has been a member of George Washington's Dean's List three semesters and the GW Athletic Dean's List all seven semesters. He also is a three-time member of the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll. He is enrolled in GW's School of Business and Public Management and is one of two golf representatives on GW's Student-Athlete Advisory Council.
Carroll is the only repeat member of last year's Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference team when he also was named the 2005 Student-Athlete of the Year for golf. Carroll also has been a two-time Academic All-America.