Huskies’ Brown all-league in golf
EAGLE-VAIL, Colorado ” Like most golfers, Cameron Brown had his share of ups and downs this season. It’s just that the Battle Mountain junior’s triumphs and struggles are a bit different than those who go out for a weekend 18.
Brown won four tournaments, made state for the first time and finished 16th among Colorados best at 4A. And because of that Brown was named all-league, the only local high schooler with that honor this year.
It’s just that the junior can’t help think what if after he developed a right-wrist injury midway through the season.
“I felt like I accomplished some goals,” Brown said. “I accomplished my goal of winning 3-5 tournaments. I won four. The whole wrist thing was disappointing. It was really frustrating to shoot an 81 (at regionals) with a 76 winning (the tournament). I know I could of won that tournament.”
Though he was downright sheepish about shooting an 81 at regionals at Aspen, he did qualify for state. With a bit of rest ” the doctors said 6-8 weeks and he took off only 10 days ” Brown rebounded nicely at state up in Yampa, shooting a 74-77 during two days, setting the stage for what he hopes is a big senior year in 2009.
Finding his swing
While for most, an 81 is nothing about which to be frustrated ” most high school golfers included ” Brown really flashed his potential in August. He fired a season-low 70 to win at Bookcliff, and won at Eagle-Vail and Cotton Ranch (76) on back-to-back days. His fourth tournament win came at Haymaker in Steamboat Springs.
That was the good news. The bad news was that during that win, Brown heard something pop in his right wrist. X-rays told his doctors that he had two hair-line fractures in his wrist. The ensuing MRI was inconclusive.
The rest of the season was a struggle. Brown lost his monstrous distance off the tee and was struggling to figure the yardage on his irons. Like most athletes with an injury, he had to compensate and that led to a a different swing plane.
“The littlest thing can affect your game,” Brown said. “You’re so consistent in your distances with your clubs. Then you try to club up on an iron (to compensate) and then all of a sudden, I have one of those swings which are back to normal and the ball goes flying way too far.”
After the 81 at regionals, Brown met with Jeff Boyer of Eagle Ranch and got his swing plane back for state. Though he had been hoping for a top-10 finish, Brown got a good taste of state, a valuable experience for next year.
“I played with most of the guys there this summer in (Colorado Golf Association) tournaments,” Brown said. “I was used to all those kids and knew what scores they could post. I think maybe it was a little more nerve-wracking the second day thinking, ‘All right, if I go a bit lower I can finish top 10.”
Brown said that he and his father, Bob, will try to find some course that isn’t under snow every other weekend during the winter to play. Brown also plans on going to a golf camp in Arizona to hone his skill. Then come summer, he will be playing a lot to get ready for his senior year.
“I usually get into 15 tournaments in Denver and those are great,” he said. You’re playing with the top players in the state and those have all the 5A kids too. I want to set my goals high and I want to reach for those goals. I’d like to play in college and you’ve got to be one of the best.”
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or email@example.com.
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