Lyon County senior and University of Kentucky golf commit Cathryn Brown will now have a chance to play in the National Girls Junior PGA Championship this August in Chicago.
The invitation comes after Brown’s big win last Wednesday, June 1 in the Kentucky Junior PGA championship in Richmond. The two-day event featured 36 holes of golf with the top honors being a chance to compete nationally. Jacob Cook, a member of the UK golf team and a friend to Brown’s late brother Cullan Brown, was her caddie for the event.
Brown had finished the first round of 18 at two under par 70 in a tie for the lead with Isabella Christy, but a rough start on day two left Brown three over after the first three holes. She made up some ground and by the 14th hole, she was back at three under.
But Brown’s early blunders on the back nine quickly opened leaderboard positions for Macie Brown, C.A. Carter, Elizabeth Eberle and Althena Singh, who all took the lead at one point. The 18th hole came down to Carter, Eberle and Singh being eliminated at one over, while both Macie and Cathryn Brown finished the event at par prompting a playoff. With both girls finishing at par, they both would qualify for Chicago, but for the title a par-four 1st hole would determine who would leave with the trophy. Cathryn Brown’s initial drive left her less than 40 yards from the cup where she finished out with a seven yard birdie. Macie Brown was not as fortunate with her birdie from around 20 yards a miss.
Cathryn Brown claimed her first ever major championship title. When interviewed after the win, she said: “This win means a lot to come on top against a field this strong. I wish I could have done a little better today, but I grinded it out and got the job done.”
She will be at the Louisville Country Club this week for the Southern Amateur and be back in Nashville next week for a US Junior Amateur qualifier.