Yorktown golf coach Bill Stout has heard how aggressive Brian Brady can be on the lacrosse field. He wants to get Brady to show some of that intensity and assertiveness on the golf course.
For the time being, however, Brady seems to be especially calm playing golf. He shot a 1-under-par 71 yesterday to easily win the Virginia AAA National District title and lead the Patriots to their fifth consecutive district team title at the par-72 Twin Lakes Lakes Course in Clifton.
"He's got all the tools," Stout said. "Maybe this will give him the confidence so he can go on and qualify for the state tournament."
Yorktown, second-place Edison -- which last week handed the Patriots their first loss in a district match in five years -- and the top five individual finishers from other teams advanced to the Northern Region tournament, which is scheduled to begin Oct. 5 at Fairfax National.
Brady led by three shots after Monday's first round and was never threatened during yesterday's play in the rain, finishing seven strokes ahead of second-place David Starler of Edison. Brady hit a three iron within four feet for an eagle on No. 9 and chipped in for birdie on No. 17 after hitting his tee shot into trees on the left side of the fairway and hitting a provisional ball in case he couldn't find his first ball.
"At first I thought I was looking at a bogey because I was way in the woods," said Brady, who used his second shot to get back into the fairway. "Then I was 15 yards out in three and somehow it went in."
In lacrosse, Brady scored 20 goals last season, but he agreed the way he plays that sport does not carry over to the golf course.
"They are totally different sports," Brady said. "In golf, you have to stay relaxed. Lacrosse is totally different. It's a fast-moving sport and it's more intense. Golf isn't fast-moving at all. It takes four hours to play."
Note: The Concorde District tournament, also held at Twin Lakes, was shortened to 27 holes because of the rain, with golfers only playing nine holes yesterday. Westfield's Zach Spees followed his first-round 68 with an even-par 36 to lead the Bulldogs to the team title, 21 shots ahead of Oakton.