As one of the best high school golfers in the state, St. Bernard’s Patrick Ginnity knows the importance of patience.
The St. Bernard’s senior is even-keeled on the golf course, on the basketball court and in the classroom. And when rewarded for being an exemplary student-athlete, the always gracious Ginnity has been patient as well.
Ginnity was recently named the MIAA’s Male Student-Athlete of the Month for November, presented with the award and a $1,000 scholarship by Steve Dubzinski, the organization’s Assistant Director.
Better late than never.
Nominated by St. Bernard’s athletic director Ray Cosenza, the MIAA’s press release on Ginnity recounts what earned him the honor.
“Patrick has had an amazing career at St. Bernard’s High School. He has been a member of the golf team since eighth grade, earned five varsity letters and been the Number 1 golfer since freshman year. Patrick has been a two-year captain and team MVP and had an amazing senior season as a medalist in 12 of the 14 matches,” the MIAA’s release said. “Shooting a 4-under 68 in the state finals, Patrick captured the Division 2
Championship at Maplegate Country Club. His play led the team to a sixth-place finish. This summer, he traveled to Oregon to play in the USGA Junior Amateur Championships.
“Also a basketball star, Patrick is a two-year captain and team MVP as a junior. His teachers describe him as an ‘active learner that asks engaging questions.’ He was a top achiever in English class and ‘respected the subject matter and held his education in high regard.’
“As President of the Senior Class, Patrick also volunteers in numerous youth sports programs, campus ministry, is an MIAA Student Ambassador, and interns at the Beyond Sports podcast.”
It’s quite the résumé.
Personally, I’ve written about Ginnity’s golfing exploits multiple times over the years. His achievements on the links speak for themselves. And having seen him play basketball this season, I can say he’s pretty impressive on the hardwood as well.
But what stood out to me most was the senior’s demeanor. He was respectful to opposing players and officials, which isn’t always an easy thing to do in the type of game I saw: a blowout win over Immaculate Heart of Mary. Players on the winning side, even the nicest of kids, can fall victim to cracking jokes at the expense of an overmatched opponent.
Not only was Ginnity a leader on the floor, the senior captain had instilled an air of respect in his teammates, who not once took verbal jabs at their guests. Restraint by high school students in the midst of a rout isn’t a common thing.
Furthermore, he made his way to me after the game and introduced himself, thanking me for the coverage over the years. Heck, he even offered up a firm handshake.
Maybe I’m easy to win over. But my guess is that Gingranity has been brought up to do the right things in life and he’s taken those lessons to heart.
This was a well-deserved honor for a young man who seems to excel in areas of being a student-athlete.