Brenton Flynn played golf for Belmont from 2002-2006. During his four years as a Bruin, Flynn helped the Bruins win five team championships and he finished his career ranked in the top-10 in career top-10 finishes and top-20 finishes. In addition, he is one of only two BU men’s golfers in the Division I era to qualify for the U.S. Amateur Championship. Brenton recently talked with BelmontBruins.com about his Belmont career and his life after college in his home state of Virginia.
Why did you choose Belmont?
I started playing golf late relative to most college players (I started my sophomore year in HS), but was still determined to play at the Division I level. I also wanted to attend a school with a solid academic reputation. Belmont checked those boxes, so I went for an official visit. I loved Nashville, the campus (Curb Event Center was opening my freshman year!), the golf facilities, and everyone I met during my visit. Before I left to head back home I had made my decision.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
We won a few tournaments during my time at Belmont, but they weren’t my most memorable moments. When I think back, the thing I miss the most was the countless hours spent with my teammates practicing. Almost every week we’d set up some kind of informal competition within the team. One example was my senior year, when we played a “Little Masters” tournament at The LIttle Course in Franklin, complete with a green jacket for the champion.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont? How?
Definitely my fellow teammates. In particular John Baldwin, Gudmundur Einarsson, and Adam Wynia. We were a really young team when I arrived at Belmont, and the four of us competed in pretty much every tournament my freshman year. Over the years the team became more and more competitive outside of that group, but that group of guys was important to me all four years on and off the course.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I met my wife Hilary at Belmont, so she’s definitely the most valuable thing I gained from my time. Beyond that, I like to think I developed those classic college skills like time management, critical thinking, perseverance, and general maturity (though Hilary might beg to differ that last one).
What advice would you give to current members of the golf team?
You may play golf for the rest of your life, but you’ll never have an opportunity quite like this. Keep golf in perspective, enjoy the process of getting better, and make some great friendships.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. John Gonas was my favorite professor. Dr. Gonas helped make finance and investing fun, and inspired me to pursue a career as an investment professional. He also took an interest in my life beyond the classroom and played a pivotal role in helping me land a great job with Robert W. Baird out of school. Without his help and connections I know I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Where do you live now?
I live in Vienna, VA which is about 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C. and about 20 minutes from where I grew up. We love the small town feel of Vienna, and it has some similarities to the Belmont/Wedgewood/Hillsboro Village area of Nashville.
Who is your employer?
I run a financial publishing company, Investing Daily. We help do-it-yourself investors manage and grow their wealth via more than 10 online and print newsletter services. As “Publisher” I wear a lot of hats from marketing to product development, but at the end of the day, my job is to deliver great services for our nearly 100,000 paid subscribers and hit our annual profitability goals.
Tell us about your family.
My wife Hilary (Belmont class of ‘07) and I will be celebrating our 10 year anniversary next July. We have three children aged 15 (Anna Grace), 4 (Chesleigh), and 3 (Everett). My oldest daughter is playing competitive club volleyball, and while it’s too early to say if she’ll pursue the sport in college, if she does you can bet Belmont will be at the top of the list.