San Diegan Christopher Lynch is getting some extra attention now that he’s one of 52 men in the running for Cosmo’s Bachelor of the Year 2011.
Single women are emailing him looking for dates, reporters are trying to contact him for interviews and friends have even posted the Cosmo contest on the wall at the OEX Dive and Kayak shop in La Jolla, the surf-scuba-kayak business Lynch co-owns with a friend.
“They call themselves California’s Most Eligible Wingmen,” Lynch said of his co-workers.
Lynch’s 23-year-old sister Haylee entered him in the Bachelor of the Year contest and called him after the fact to let him know.
“I didn’t think I’d ever hear about it again,” Lynch said Monday.
In May, he got a call from Cosmo editors that he would be the only California man up for the title in the October issue.
Lynch, 26, attended San Diego State University where he studied international economics and played rugby until he suffered a serious back injury.
"I was pretty much done and tried coming back a couple of months later but after going through it, I decided to play more golf," he said.
After college, he studied acting for two years at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and landed a bunch of small roles including independent films.
When the opportunity to get in at the scuba shop came up, he said he jumped at the chance.
He can’t see himself living without the beach nearby and wouldn’t mind dating a woman who earned more money.
“My ego can take it,” he told the magazine.
When asked to explain in five words why he’d make a great boyfriend, Lynch said “I smell like a man.”
His short bio on the contest page has prompted some women to try and contact him via the direct email account set up by Cosmo.
“There have been some interesting emails coming through,” he said.
(Yes ladies, he really does read the email.)
If he wins, Lynch plans to do more traveling and take his sister out shopping with some of the $10,000 prize money.
As for the single ladies he may meet in the meantime, Lynch said, “I’m just looking to have a good time.”