Bryana Nguyen, 2014, Atholton High School
by Nelson Coffin
Back-to-back individual state championships aren’t the only major accomplishments of Bryana Nguyen’s golf career at Atholton High School, although passing those two tests puts her in elite company.
Only two other girls from the Baltimore Metro Area during the last decade can match that feat.
The three-time Howard County champion’s other major claim to fame was winning the 2014 Maryland Junior Amateur Championship.
Two years later, while she was a rising junior at the University of North Carolina, Nguyen added a Maryland State Women’s Amateur Championship to her portfolio just a month after producing an impressive 10-stroke triumph at the North Carolina Women’s Amateur Championship.
That means the VSN’s No. 3 Girls Golfer of the Decade went from dropping a 7-foot putt on the final hole as an Atholton junior to earning her first state title before rolling to a seven-stroke win to repeat as a state champ the following fall.
“Bryana was a dominant player,” said VSN’s MPSSAA Golf Coach of the Decade Mark Dubbs, who coached against Nguyen while he helmed the team at Marriotts Ridge. “She used her strength really well.”
“She added length as she went along in her career,” said Arundel coach Geoff Turk. “She was also great around the green.”
To hold simultaneous amateur titles in two states, shows how far Nguyen’s game progressed through her career.
At UNC, she started every event in her career except for one as a junior, finishing with a 75.44 career stroke average after posting a 74.79 average as a senior. She tied for 11th place at the ACC championships as a freshman.
Nguyen’s two top-five and three top-10 finishes were highlights along with carding 68 four times — twice as a senior.