CAREER: Three-time PING All-East Region and All-ACC Academic team selection ... ranks second at Duke with a 72.38 career stroke average ... has played in 34 tournaments with 102 total rounds played at Duke ... third at Duke with 20 career rounds in the 60s ... second all-time with 18 even-par rounds ... ranks ninth with 32 under-par rounds .... has shot even-par or better in 50 career rounds, tied for sixth-most in Duke history ... also tied for sixth with eight top 5 finishes ... tied for 10th with 12 top 10 showings.
2011-12: PING All-East Region selection ... member of the All-ACC Academic team ... tied for team lead with 11 tournaments and 33 rounds played ... second on the team with 72.6 stroke average, 12 under-par rounds and seven rounds in the 60s ... led the team in driving accuracy (.775) ... shared team lead with four even-par rounds ... recorded first career victory with an eight-under 208 (73-69-66) at the River Landing Intercollegiate ... tied for fourth at the Rod Myers Invitational with a 72-70-74=216 ... shot a five-under 211 (69-68-74) to tie for third at the John Burns Intercollegiate ... shot a one-over 217 to finish tied for seventh at the NCAA East Regional ... posted a 3-1 record at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship.
Summer, 2011: Finished fifth in stroke play at the Virginia State Amateur with a 70-68=138 (-4) ... fell in the second round of match play to snap a string of 16 straight match play wins at the event ... also played in the Sunnehanna Amateur, Northeastern Amateur, Southern Amateur, Porter Cup and Western Amateur.
2010-11: Earned honorable mention PING All-America honors ... PING All-East Region selection ... member of the All-ACC Academic team ... led the Blue Devils in stroke average (72.2), even-par rounds (7), rounds in the 60s (7), top-5 finishes (3), pars per round (11.67), driving accuracy (.814) and par 4 scoring (4.08) ... shared the team lead in top 10 finishes (4), top 20 finishes (7) and par 5 scoring (4.80) ... second on the team with nine under-par rounds ... ranked among the national leaders in driving accuracy ... posted a counting team score in 27 of 30 rounds played ... top finish was a tie for third in the Wolfpack Intercollegiate with a 69-69-72=210 (-3) ... shot 73-69-69=211 to finish fifth at the ACC Championship ... posted a one-under 215 to tie for fourth at the Fresno State Lexus Golf Classic ... went 4-3 in match play as Duke won the Callaway Collegiate Match Play and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Championship ... won all four matches at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play.
Summer, 2010: Missed the match-play portion of the U.S. Am after shooting a 160 in stroke play ... shot 67-69=136 (-8) to reach the U.S. Amateur with a second place finish at the Country Club of Meadville qualifier ... finished tied for 34th at the Western Amateur with a 218 (71-73-74) ... tied for 50th at the Porter Cup with a five-over 285 ... won the Virginia State Golf Association Amateur Championship for the third straight year ... has now won 15 straight matches in the event ... finished second in the stroke play at the VSGA Amateur with a four-under 140 (68-72) ... finished tied for 14th at the 57th Annual Sunnehanna Amateur with a three-over 283 (74-67-71-71).
2009-10: ACC Freshman of the Year ... PING All-East Region selection ... finished second in the NCAA in percentage of fairways hit (.874) ... led the Blue Devils in under-par rounds (11), even-par rounds (7), rounds in the 60s (6), top 10 finishes (4), rounds counted (32) and sub-par strokes per round (3.42) ... tied for the team lead in stroke average (72.3), top 5 finishes (2) and par 4 scoring (4.10) ... finished eighth in the ACC in stroke average ... posted a counting team score in 32 of 33 rounds played ... fired a season-low 65 in the final round of the NCAA Central Regional ... the five-under 65 is tied for the second-best NCAA Regional round in Duke history ... went on to finish tied for sixth at the NCAA Central Regional ... tied for fourth at the ACC Championship with a six-under 210 ... matched a Duke freshman ACC Championship record with a six-under 66 in the second round ... finished second in first collegiate start at Gordin-Myers Collegiate Classic ... set Duke freshman records for stroke average, rounds in the 60s, under-par rounds, even-par rounds and even-par or better rounds ... closed the year ranked 87th in the Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings ... ranked in the top 10 among freshmen in the country.
Summer, 2009: Qualified for the 109th U.S. Amateur where he shot 155 in two-day stroke play ... shot a four-under 136 to place second in a U.S. Amateur sectional qualifier at Sinking Valley Country Club in Altoona, Pa. .. advanced to the match play portion of the North-South Amateur ... overcame a 5-down deficit with nine holes to play to post a 2-up victory to claim the Virginia State Golf Association championship for the second consecutive year ... helped lead the United States to a second place finish at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup ... finished the event tied for 23rd with an even-par 284 (72-76-68-68) ... shot 73-77-75=225 to finish seventh at the Jones Cup Invitational ... placed 18th with a 74-73-74=221 at the Terra Cotta Amateur ... also played in the Western Amateur, Porter Cup Amateur, The Players Amateur and Azalea Amateur.
Prep: Named Virginia State Golf Association Junior Player of the Year in 2007, 2008 and 2009 ... 2009 McDonald’s National High School champion … two-time Virginia AAA High School state individual champion (2007, 2009) … helped lead Cox High School to consecutive state team titles (2008, 2009) … 2009 Male Athlete of the Year for Virginia Beach High Schools … three-time team MVP and all-state selection (2007, 2008, 2009) ... four-time all-region and all-district pick.
Junior Golf: 2009 Byron Nelson Junior Golf Award honoree … two-time honorable mention Rolex Junior All-America … 2007 & 2008 HP Scholastic All-America ... a member of the American Junior Golf Association Board of Directors as the Player Representative … two-time Virginia Junior Amateur champion ... finished 14th at the 2009 HP Boys Championship with a 219 ... posted eight top 20 finishes in 11 AJGA events in 2008 ... won the 2008 AJGA Horseshoe Bend Champion with a two-round score of 72-68=140 … shot a 144 (73-71) to finish second at the 2008 Polo Golf Junior Classic ... reached the finals of the 2008 Polo Junior Golf Classic Match Play ... finished tied for sixth at the FootJoy Invitational and tied for eighth at The Verizon Junior Heritage ... recorded eight top 20s in 2007 tournament action, including five top 10 finishes ... shot a 72-67=139 to tie for fourth at the Bobby Chapman ... fired a 213 (74-68-71) to finish tied for fifth at the Scotty Robertson ... tied for eighth at the Western Junior Championship ... finished ninth at the Junior PLAYERS Championship and 10th at the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan in 2007 ... posted a third place showing at the Mizuno Junior at Chateau Elan in 2006 ... recorded five top 20s in five events in 2005 ... shot 74-71-69=214 to place third at the Nike Golf Junior at Jacksonville ... finished fourth with a 216 at the Nike Golf Junior at Quad Cities ... fired a 75-69-72 to finish eighth at the AJGA Richmond Junior ... also placed 14th at the Nike Golf Junior Championship and 15th at the MindMatters Junior Championship.
Personal: Born January 8, 1991 in Boise, Idaho ... son of Bruce and Camilla Paolini … father, Bruce, is a labor and employment attorney … mother, Camilla, works at home … has an older sister, Brielle … won the 2009 Walter Carroll award for the top student-athlete at Frank W. Cox High School … member of the National Honor Society from 2007-2009 … favorite athlete is Eric Compton ... also volunteered at the First Tee of Virginia Beach program.