RADFORD, Virginia – Chatham High School athlete Matthew Arnold won his third Virginia High School League state title in as many years on Monday over Virginia Tech’s Pete Dye River in Radford.
Arnold, a senior, won his first state golf title in his sophomore year. In 2019, he also won a state baseball title with the Chatham Cavaliers. He will attend Hampden-Sydney College in the fall on a baseball scholarship.
“It’s been a really good year for me,” said Arnold after the state tournament. “I really felt that my experience over the past two years had helped me.”
Arnold won first place out of 36 golfers at the tournament. His trainer, Chad Anderson, said he saw Arnold accomplish something he had never seen before.
“This year Matt did something that I don’t know of any golfer,” said Anderson. “He’s been the top scorer in every tournament. He’s won every regular season game as the top scorer, won the region and won the state tournament the same way.”
Arnold started the course with three back-to-back bogies on the first three holes. He completed course four, but it was obviously good enough to be dubbed the best in the Commonwealth – a testament to the tough conditions on the course on Monday, Anderson said.
“That’s the problem with Matt, he’s so calm and keeps himself under control,” Anderson said. “He goes about his business. Even though today has been the worst, Matt has been hitting the golf ball all year, his little game saved him. The golf course was very windy and a very firm green. . Difficult conditions. “
Arnold grew up watching his brother play golf and baseball at Chatham High School.
“Growing up, I always watched him go all over Virginia to play golf and baseball,” Arnold said. “I always thought it would be cool to win state championships playing for Chatham. It’s cool now that I’ve done that.”
Anderson says Arnold is a very gifted athlete, regardless of the sport.
“He’s always been a special athlete,” he said. “His hand-eye coordination is amazing. He’s always hit the golf ball well, but this year his short game has been incredible.”
Anderson added, “Earning three crown titles in high school is a very special achievement.”