Duke’s Brinson Paolini has been named the recipient of the 2013 Byron Nelson Award, which is presented to a graduating senior. The selection committee considers equally a nominee’s collegiate academics, golf career and his character and integrity while in college.
Paolini is an All-American and three-time all-region selection. He has played in 44 tournaments for the Blue Devils while maintaining a 72.25 stroke average, which ranks second in school history. Paolini is a three-time All-ACC Academic team selection. He is a two-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as secretary this year.
Paolini hosts junior clinics in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. He also helped form an award at Princess Ann Country Club that recognizes the hardest-working junior golfer both on and off the course.
He volunteers at the Durham City Soup Kitchen and participates in the Read with the Blue Devils program. Paolini participated in Duke’s Stop Hunger Now MLK Million Meals Event in January and in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk.”
“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 (Wake Forest’s Evan Beck, UCLA’s Pedro Figueiredo, Washington’s Charlie Hughes and Stanford’s Andrew Yun) 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.”