Brown’s blistering final round comes up short

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By Josh Cook

Brandon Brown made a fierce, final-round rally Sunday but came up narrowly short of his second NGA Tour victory of the season.

Brown’s 9-under-par 63 – which matched the competitive course record at the Country Club of South Carolina – left him two shots shy of first place in the NGA’s Honda Powersports Classic in Florence, S.C. Brown, who carded a 4-day total of 23-under 265, finished three shots behind both Jon Curran and James White. Curran beat White on the first playoff hole to win the event.

Brown, a professional golfer from Shelbyville who has won seven times on the NGA Tour in his career, had a similar final round earlier this season in winning the Cherry Blossom Classic in Georgetown. At Cherry Blossom Golf Club he shot a final round 63 to force a playoff, which he won.

At the Country Club of South Carolina, Brown, the reigning NGA Tour Player of the Year, shot a 68 in the first round, a 65 in the second and a 69 in the third before his sizzling final round that included 10 birdies and one bogey.

In his first round Brown recorded six birdies and two bogeys. Twice in that round he had stretches of three birdies in the span of five holes.

In his second round Brown carded eight birdies and one bogey to get back into contention. He recorded six birdies from holes 7 through 17.  

In his third round Brown bagged five birdies and two bogeys, leaving him in a tie for ninth.

Brown got his final round off to a fast start Sunday with birdies on three of the first four holes. He added another birdie on the par-5 sixth before his lone bogey on the par-3 seventh. Brown made par on the next two holes to finish the front nine in 33. That set the stage for Brown’s blistering back nine. He opened it with a par on the 10th before making birdie on 11. He then made par on No. 12 before reeling off five birdies in his final six holes to finish up his back-nine 30.

Brown, who recorded 29 birdies, 37 pars and six bogeys during the four days, collected $8,324 for his third-place finish. He now ranks 11th on the tour’s money list with $37,463 despite playing in only nine events.

The NGA Tour’s next event is the new Eagle’s Landing Classic, which will be Aug. 19-25 in Stockbridge, Ga.