Jacksonville's Browns win Father-Son golf

Published on Sunday, 9 July 2017 23:20 - Written by PHIL HICKS, phicks@tylerpaper.com


The Jacksonville father-son team of Dean and Cameron Brown captured the Texas Golf Association’s 2017 Texas Father-Son Championship on Sunday in Galveston.

The Browns led entering Sunday’s final round of the scheduled 54-hole event at Moody Gardens Golf Course.

After a beautiful week on the Gulf Coast, storms rolled through the area and washed out the final round and thus concluded the event as a 36-hole tourney.

The Browns, who finished runner-up last year at Horseshoe Bay, fired consecutive rounds of 65 for a two-day total of 14-under 130. Tying for second were Scott and Matthew Van Zandt (64-68-132) and 2016 champions Mark and Andrew Lindberg (64-68).

“We had a bit of a bitter taste in our mouths after last year,” Cameron Brown said of falling in a playoff to the Lindbergs on the Rock Apple course in 2016. “We were glad to get some revenge this year and win it.”

Dean Brown, who played at Grayson County College after Jacksonville High School, added, “We are a little disappointed that we didn’t get to play today. But we know we can’t control the weather.”

The younger Brown, a former Jacksonville Indian as well, recently finished his career at Tyler Junior College, helping the Apaches to a fourth-place finish last month in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Mesa, Arizona.

He was also honorable mention All-America and has signed with Oklahoma Christian University (NCAA, Division II, Heartland Conference). OCU is located in Edmond, Oklahoma.

At last year’s Texas Father-Son, the Lindbergs outlasted the Browns in a playoff after they finished the 54-hole event tied. But a double bogey on the extra hole from Dean Brown eventually allowed the Lindbergs to be crowned champions.

“I feel like I let Cameron down a little bit making double bogey on the playoff hole (last year),” Dean Brown said. “It kind of had a little fire under us to play a little bit better this year.”

After 36 holes, the Championship Division was cut in half and separated into two separate flights - the Championship and the Presidents. With play being canceled for the day, the Presidents Flight had four teams tie for first place - Burl and Trip Hobson, Rick and Richman Houston, Chuck and Clinton Keller, and Scott and Knox Wagoner. Each of the four teams shot a two-day gross total of 2-under-par 142 to claim a share of the title.

All of the net flights were able to finish their rounds in spite of the inclement weather. In the Hogan Flight, John and Jack Kennedy, of Lufkin, took medalist honors with a three-day total of net 26-under par.

Darrell and Tim Bowe won the Nelson Flight with a 65 in the final round. They used individual gross scores of 71 and 74 on Sunday to get them to a net total of 23-under par for the tournament.

In the Crenshaw Flight, the teams of Mike and Chip Block and Ken and Jackson Sampson finished tied at the top of the leader board at net 25-under. Each pair shot net 10-under-par 62.

In the Kite Flight, David and David Cash utilized their local course knowledge to cruise to a six-shot victory. The duo shot a final-round 60, coupled with rounds of 57 and 66, to reach net 33-under par for their three-day total.