He was among 113 boys in the sixth through eighth grades who battled freezing temperatures in the morning that necessitated a 30 minute frost delay, along with strong winds later in the day, in an effort to claim the title of State Champion.
“I had eight birdies and I ended up 5 under par for the day,” Brown said of the opening day during a recognition from the Lyon County Board of Education on Monday. “I tied the middle school state tournament record. The state was a lot of fun again this year. I didn’t know if I would get to go, but I was fortunate and played well in the regionals. I played well the first day.”
Brown’s day began with a par on the 372-yard par 4 first hole. Heating up early, Brown strung together three consecutive birdies, including the 309-yard par 4 fourth where his tee shot found the green just 12 feet below the hole.
Four consecutive pars left Brown 3 under through his first eight holes and led to his first and only real hiccup of the day, a double bogey on the ninth hole.
Making the turn at 1 under, Brown wasted no time in getting those strokes back with birdies on the par 4 10th and par 5 11th holes.
Brown went on to birdie holes 14, 16 and 18 to offset one backside bogey. His 5 under par score of 67 tied the State Middle School Tournament record and was good enough for a six-stroke victory.
Playing partner Jansen Preston, a Lexington Christian Academy seventh grader, shot a 1 over par 73 to finish second. Christian Olsen, a Holy Trinity White eighth grader’s 74 earned him third place honors.
St. Albert teammates Andrew Sullivan and Noah Murr completed the top five at 75.
Caldwell County’s Ben Knight shot a 91 to finish 41st.
St. Patrick won the team championship with a score of 325, followed by Holy Trinity White at 339.