Leesburg teen Michael Brennan added another impressive title to his golf resume June 28 at the 106th Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship at Keswick Golf Club in Charlottesville.
After the state’s top 144 amateur golfers competed in two days of stroke play, the field was trimmed to the top 32 players who advanced to match play. Seeded eighth, Brennan won five consecutive head-to-head matches to take home the prestigious state championship.
Brennan, 17, a rising senior at Tuscarora High School and the Academies of Loudoun, defeated No. 1 seed Connor Messick in the quarterfinals on his way to a 36-hole showdown against Christopher Zhang of Blacksburg in the championship.
In a championship match that went the full 36 holes for the first time in five years, Brennan built a 2-up lead with five holes to play and held off Zhang's late charge for a 1-up victory.
Representing River Creek Club in Leesburg, Brennan also defeated Greg Pappas in the first round, Bryce Johnson in the second round and Peter Gasperini in the semifinals.
Since age 15, Brennan has also won the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship and the Virginia State Golf Association Junior Match Play.
In addition, Brennan has earned stroke-play medalist honors at the VSGA Amateur and tied for low-amateur honors at the Delta Dental State Open of Virginia.
Brennan, already committed to continue his academic and golf career at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, will next set his sights on the 2019 United States Golf Association Junior Amateur tournament.
The U.S. Junior Amateur is July 15-20 at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. Fox Sports will televise the final two days of the tournament.