A concussion is the kind of
injury that typically ends an
athletic career. Brynn Walker
is a secondhand exception.
Concussions forced her older brother Ryan off of the
high school football field. Homeroom teacher Andy
Achenbach, the golf coach at Radnor High School and
longtime GAP tournament competitor, suggested the
links as an athletic alternative. Ryan gave it a try. So did
his 9-year-old sister.
“I idolize my brother, then and now. I just did every-
thing that he did,” Brynn, 21, of St. Davids, Pa., said.
“He went out to the golf course. I just kept following
him. That’s kind of how it started.”
“She’d tag along all of the time. She picked up golf
so incredibly fast,” Ryan, 27, who lives in Charlotte,
N.C., said. “She’s always been very talented in other
sports she’s played. She’s a natural athlete.”
Feeling a natural chemistry with the clubs, Walker in-
stantaneously developed a graceful game. She captured
five consecutive women’s championships (2009-13) at
St. Davids Golf Club starting at age 11. A golf standout
at Radnor (two PIAA Class AAA individual crowns and
No. 1 status suggest so), Walker continued to chisel
her competitive credibility at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among the collegiate highlights
is the 2016 Cougar Classic, which the Tar Heels won
as a team. She turned in her best round individually, a
2-under-par 70, that season.
Her golf career is clearly on the fast track, if 2019 is any
A sizzling summer for
St. Davids’ Walker
Walker plays collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(opposite) Walker receives the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia
Match Play Championship trophy from president Karen Green.
By Tony Regina