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Above: Cullan Brown hits onto the No. 2 green during the PGA Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions Course in Nicholasville on July 18, 2019. Brown died Aug. 4 after a one-year bout with osteosarcoma. Right: “Friendsgiving” at Lyon County won’t be the same in 2020 and beyond, without Cullan Brown (center, seated).

It didn’t taken long for the innumerable amount of online tributes and messages to pour in for Lyon County native and former University of Kentucky star sophomore men’s golfer Cullan Brown and his family. Brown died on Tuesday in Lexington following a year-long pushback against osteosarcoma.

Near and far, young and old, Brown — nicknamed “The Mayor of Eddyville” — certainly impacted lives during his life.

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“I cannot properly put into words how much I loved Cullan and love his family. Our entire team has been blessed to have had him as a member of our family even though it was cut way too short. For as long as I coach at the University of Kentucky, I will make sure our young men know of Cullan’s legacy and impact on every one of us. May God comfort and bless the Browns during this difficult time.” — Brian Craig, University of Kentucky men’s golf coach.

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“Lost a best friend today. I love you Cullan. So heartbroken. Your legacy will make a difference to so many people.” — Emma Talley, LPGA Tour.

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“He will forever be ‘The Governor’ to me. From the first time we stuck a mic in his face, to the several times he co-hosted my radio show, it was obvious Cullan Brown was one-in-a-billion. I know I’m just one of countless people who are brokenhearted tonight. #PrayForCullan” — Jeff Bidwell, WPSD Local 6 Sports.

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“I hate this. I hate it for Cullan. I hate it for his family. I hate it for anyone who has spent five minutes in a room with him. He didn’t lose this, or any other battle. He, in 20 years, amassed more wisdom, kindness and understanding than most adults I know.” — Al Willman, former Paducah Sun sports reporter.

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“Cullan Brown died today. I’m devastated. As great of a golfer he was, he was an even more amazing person. Cullan was a friend to everyone he ever met and was the most positive, uplifting person I’ve been around. Please keep his family in your thoughts.” — Mike Stunson, former Paducah Sun sports editor.

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“Best high school player I’ve ever seen ... Even better person. Incredible example for young people. I remember telling my kids to ‘walk the fairways like Cullan.’ We’ll play with heavy hearts. Prayers to his friends and family. RIP.” — Adam Whitt, Bowling Green High School boys golf coach.

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“If you walked in the locker room each day and Cullan was in there, how could you possibly have a bad day?!” — Auburn University men’s golf.

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“This world just isn’t fair. Can’t even put into words the human being this guy was. One day we’ll grill steaks and hit the white ball around again. Until then, RIP Cullan. You will not be forgotten!” — Chip McDaniel, University of Kentucky men’s golf alumnus and golf professional.

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“One of the kindest, most wholehearted people I have ever met. As well as one of the best players to ever swing a club. Cullan made the world a brighter place.” — Jessica Stephens, McCracken County Class of 2020, Bellarmine University women’s golf.

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“I am saddened to hear that I cannot have another chat with ‘The Mayor.’ I am not sure I have ever met someone as respected by his peers. My thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family and the entire community of Eddyville. #B4B” — Chris Redle, executive director of the Bluegrass Golf Foundation.

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“Unbelievable ... a legend taken from us too soon. The most optimistic guy I’ve ever met. He will always be a role model to me. Thank you Cullan RIP.” — Tyler Powell, Murray State men’s golfer.

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“Cullan is a hero to me. I used to think he learned from me, but as it turns out, he was actually teaching me more important things all these years. I, like many, am a better person due to my relationship with Cullan Brown. Sure, he will be missed. But he will be GREATLY CELEBRATED.” — Nick Mills, PGA instructor.

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“So saddened by this news. Cullan was such a great young man who would have been a terrific role model for decades if it wasn’t for the terrible disease of cancer. Our prayers are with Cullan’s family and loved ones and UK golfing community.” — Oscar Combs, Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame, founder of Cats’ Pause Sports Weekly.

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“Cullan was a gentleman of the first order who never met a stranger and whose radiant smile lit up every room he entered. His faith, love of family, positive attitude, sportsmanship, and unparalleled selflessness was a shining example to us all.” — Dan Koett, Barbasol Championships media contact.

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Follow Marlowe on Twitter @dreamarlowe85, call him (270) 575-8661, or email him at emarlowe@paducahsun.com.