Trigg County’s Nick Choate fired a 68 for the title.
Seventy-five golfers, representing 17 western Kentucky High Schools, teed it up hoping to secure a berth in the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac Kentucky High School Athletic Association Golf Championships. The top two teams and the top 3 individuals earned a trip to the Bowling Green Country Club.
Brown’s round started with a bang, getting up and down for par on his first hole, then birdieing the next two, including a fine tee shot on the 166-yard par 3 third hole that left him with a 4-foot putt to go 2 under par early.
A drive right down the middle of the fairway on No. 4 came to rest in a terrible lie, and a double bogey put Brown back at even par after four holes.
Two bogeys and three pars later, Brown finishd the front nine holes at 2 over par.
The 13th hole, a 563-yard par 5, pumped some much needed momentum into the round as a nice drive left Brown 267 yards from the pin. Making the choice to go for the green, Brown hit a 3-wood to eight feet, and while his eagle putt sliped just by the edge, a tap-in birdie brought him back to 1 over.
The final stretch proved critical, beginning with a drive on 15 that hit in the fairway but kicked out of bounds by fractions of an inch, leading to his second double bogey of the day.
At 3 over par and only three holes to play, Brown said later that he thought he needed at least one birdie to have a shot at the state tournament.
A missed eight-foot birdie putt on 16 and a steady rainfall, brought Brown to the round’s pivotal 17th hole and the shot of the day.
Hitting a hybrid on the 213-yard par 3, his ball landed and stopped three inches from the hole, leading to a tap in birdie. Brown went on to birdie the 350-yard par 4 18th hole as well to finish at 71.
Brown was set to tee off at 1:09 p.m. Tuesday in Bowling Green alongside Franklin County’s Jacob Cook and Jackson County’s Zach Norris.