DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke males’s golf program has introduced the signing of the No. 1-ranked junior golfer and the American Junior Golf Affiliation (AJGA) Participant of the Yr, Kelly Chinn, who inked his Letter of Intent on Wednesday.
The highly-decorated Chinn, who hails from Nice Falls, Va., received a number of state titles for Langley Excessive Faculty. On the junior circuit, Chinn is ranked No. 1 by each the AJGA and Golfweek, was the 2020 AJGA Participant of the Yr and a first-team Junior All-America choose.
“We could not be extra proud to call Kelly as our first verbal, and now signed, commit from the Class of 2021,” mentioned head coach Jamie Inexperienced. “Kelly’s ascent to the very high of junior golf has been considered one of mature, organized, deliberate, passionate, and unyielding, day-by-day exhausting work. He is a humble murderer. His dad and mom, Eiko and Colin have supplied caring and accepting assist, however Kelly is certainly intrinsically motivated.”
Chinn is ranked No. 2 total on the Junior Golf Scoreboard (JGS), and No. 1 within the Class of 2021, with a -6.78 scoring differential.
In 2020, Chinn claimed the second of two profession AJGA tournaments by profitable the 2020 PING Invitational at Oklahoma State’s Karsten Creek GC. He fired rounds of 70, 70 and 71 to complete at five-under 211 — three strokes away from the sphere and the one participant in crimson figures all three rounds. Closing sturdy, Chinn birdied six of his ultimate seven holes within the ultimate spherical to safe medalist honors.
He additionally received the 2020 VSGA Junior Stroke Play (65-64-65) and the 2020 Center Atlantic Beginner, whereas ending tied for second on the 2020 AJGA Junior Gamers Championship (71-71-71).
His first profession AJGA win got here on the 2019 Rolex Event of Champions, which was contested at PGA Nationwide with rounds of 65, 71, 67 and 71. Getting an early have a look at his future house course, Chinn was the runner-up on the 2019 Nike Junior Invitational at Duke GC, firing rounds of 72 and 69 to complete at three-under par — two strokes again of the winner.
His 2019 season additionally included a win on the Junior PGA Sectional Qualifier (68-67) and a second-place end at 2019 Jones Cup Junior Invitational (67-69-71). On the 2019 USGA Boys Junior Championship, he completed sixteenth throughout stroke play, and reached the match play finals.
“Kelly has been the epitome of development since we would had the prospect to comply with him — as a golfer and a pupil,” mentioned Inexperienced. “It is now been years since we made a mutual verbal dedication, and to have the day lastly come when he signed his NLI, this present day appears like fireworks on the 4th of July. Kelly is now, formally, a Duke Blue Satan. And everybody concerned in our program is thrilled.”
Chinn is the primary signee of Duke’s 2021 males’s golf incoming freshman class.