July 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - Former Georgetown University men's golfer Brian Dorfman (B'12) enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career during the 2011-12 season, winning two tournaments to wrap up his career. He continued his winning ways back in his home state of Colorado this past weekend, winning the Colorado Golf Association's Match Play Championship at The Club at Rolling Hills in Golden.
This win was especially pleasing for Dorfman, who had lost in the semifinals last summer. And now, two months after his graduation and while working during the summer, Dorfman was able to win while not practicing as he would during the school year.
The win wasn't easy, as Dorfman played 110 holes of golf in three days. The championship match, played on Friday, July 13, went 36 holes and Dorfman defeated Parker Edens (who plays for Colorado State) 2-up. The day before, Dorfman won his semifinal match 1up and he captured his quarterfinal match on Wednesday 2up.
But Dorfman said he wasn't fatigued, and he showed it down the stretch in Friday's 2-up title-clinching victory. "It was an incredible match. I could not have played any better. I can say that flat out," said Dorfman, who shot a 5-under-par 66 in the afternoon round, counting concessions. "I did my best on every shot and I made a lot of clutch putts."
Dorfman was down one hole after the first 18, but he birdied the next three holes, including a 10-footer at the 26th hole that was conceded after Edens missed a par putt. Dorfman went ahead for good after getting up and down from a bunker on the 27th hole for birdie.
Dorfman saw the next hole -- No. 10 at Rolling Hills -- as being crucial to his win. After Edens put his approach shot on the par-4 four feet from the cup in the afternoon round, Dorfman drained a 40-foot birdie putt which forced Edens to work just to get a halve on the hole.
"After I made that bomb putt on 10, I knew it was my match to lose because I was feeling it, playing well, and I had my putter working," Dorfman said. "When I have that going, I'm tough to beat."
This was the second CGA championship title for Dorfman, who also won the 2008 CGA Junior Match Play. "This is probably the biggest tournament I've ever won," he said of the Match Play. "It's definitely the biggest trophy and it's got the most history. It's 112 years old. It's an incredible tournament, so it means a lot."
Dorfman helped lead the Hoyas to a fifth place finish at the BIG EAST Championship in May, capping off a 2011-12 season in which the team finished among the top-five five times and among the top-10 in seven of 10 tournaments played. Dorfman was a member of the 2010 BIG EAST Championship team when he was a sophomore and competed in the NCAA South Central Regional in Texas.
Dorfman capped off a brilliant career on the Hilltop by leading the team in stroke average at 73.48 for the season. He posted four top-10 finishes this year and six among the top-20 in 10 tournaments. Dorfman also won two tournaments, firing a 7-under par 206 to capture the individual title at the Maryland Intercollegiate and then shooting a 3-under par 210 to win the Bearcat Invitational.
In 98 career rounds, Dorfman posted a career stroke average of 74.84 and had three career wins, seven top-10 finishes and 12 among the top-20.