Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

June 25, 2013

Junior Golf Tour: Jacksonville's Brown off to scorching summer start

Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress

BULLARD — The late-June temperatures outside are not the only thing that's been heating up lately in Texas.

Jacksonville High School's most prodigious junior golfer, Cameron Brown, has opened the summer junior tour with some fiery results from the links as well.

In his latest tournament last week at the NTPGA Junior Tour stop at Eagles Bluff Country Club in Bullard, Brown shot a 76 and ended regulation play tied for first place in the boys 15-16 division, along with Jonathan Shelton of Bullard.

Brown went on to win the scorecard playoff to take the title.

Both of the 15-year-olds earned 90 points in the tour standings for their efforts.

Landon Carpenter of Overton was two strokes back of Brown and Shelton.

A total of 21 young contested the championship in the division.

Prior to the Eagles Bluff tourney, Brown took part in the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament in Wichita falls on June 17-19. This was Brown's first time to play in the prestigious event.

The tournament drew many of each states' top junior players.

Brown carded rounds of 73, 78 and 74 to finish at 225 (15th place). Drew Jones of Decatur, Texas was the top finisher (68, 65, 70 — 203).

One neat feature of this tournament was the fact that the players were allowed to have a caddy.

Cameron Brown drafted his dad, Dean Brown, for bag duties.

Ironically enough, Dean Brown, a highly skilled golfer himself, played in the Texas-Oklahoma Junior Golf Tournament as a youngster on two occasions.

Cameron Brown opened his summer campaign back on the 17th of June when he played in the NTPGA Junior Tour's Challenge at the Woods tourney at the Jacksonville Country Club.

Once again Cameron Brown tied for first at the end of 18 holes. But this time he finished second after the scorecard playoff was held.

Brown carded an 82 for the round.