Boys Athlete of the Week: North Country’s Austin Giroux

North Country's Austin Giroux follows his tee shot on the second hole during the 2019 Vermont Division I boys golf championship at The Quechee Club on Thursday, Oct. 10. Giroux (1-over 73) was the D-I runner-up. (Photo by Paul Hayes)

Austin Giroux, a center attacking midfielder for the North Country boys soccer team, notched his first goal of the season and earned an assist in a 2-1 win over Lamoille last Tuesday.

Giroux’s week was just getting started.

Trading the pitch for a pitching wedge, the Falcons junior a day later won the Vermont Division I high school golf state title at rain-soaked Country Club of Barre, sharing medalist honors with St. J Academy junior Nelson Eaton.

Giroux, The Record’s reigning Boys Golfer of the Year, carded a 3-over 74 to earn the title after taking runner-up honors last fall. Both Giroux and Eaton were four strokes better better than Champlain Valley teammates Evan Forrest and Alex Leonard and Rutland’s Dillon Moore, who all shot 78s.

“Scoring that goal in soccer gave me some confidence heading into the golf tournament,” Giroux said. “It started me on a good note.”

The 16-year-old Giroux follows three older siblings — Alex, Carley and Grace — who all won team titles at North Country. Austin, however, is the first to claim an individual championship.

Asked if he heard from his siblings after the win.

“Oh yeah,” he replied. “They were excited.”

Favorite non-sports hobby: Hanging out with friends

One wish for 2020: For this pandemic to end

Dream destination: Hawaii

Favorite thing to cook: Omelette

Dream job: Golf course designer

Best coach ever: I’ve had a lot of good coaches

One thing I can’t live without: Family and friends

Funniest teammate: Jordan Eastman

Best restaurant in town: Hoagie’s

Biggest fear: Losing a loved one

Favorite move: Happy Gilmore


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