Scott Brown knew early on that he wanted to be a professional golfer.
“When I was 4 or 5, I hit my first shot and thought ‘I love it.’ I made the decision when I was 10 years-old to golf full-time,” said Brown, an Aiken resident and member of the PGA tour. He and his wife, Allison, were the guest speakers at the Masters Week Golf Breakfast at Warren Baptist Church’s Family Life Center April 4.
The decision was easy, but the road to the dream hasn’t always been.
While a student at the University of South Carolina Aiken, Brown ran into some academic troubles early, which caused him to step away from school for a semester. He returned refocused and was part of the Pacers’ teams, which won three consecutive NCAA Division II national titles from 2004 to 2006. He was named NCAA Division II player of the year in 2006.
After college, there were some tough years as he tried to forge his career.
“You have to be dedicated,” he said.
The couple lived on Allison’s salary as a schoolteacher for a couple of years while he paid his dues following his dream. But they said they are glad his career has taken the path it has, knowing that it was God’s plan for their lives.
Currently ranked 117th in the world, Brown mentioned a few of the highlights in his career.
He won the Puerto Rico Open in 2013.
In 2015, he played in the Wyndham Golf Tournament, and on the final day of the tournament, he was paired with one of his golf heroes - Tiger Woods.
“I was so nervous,” he said.
However, his nerves went away on the third tee when he hit a hole in one, and Tiger Woods high-fived him. Brown finished third in that tournament at 15 under par, two strokes ahead of Woods.
In 2016, history repeated itself as Brown hit another hole-in-one on the same tee, on the same round of the tournament, making him only the second player in PGA history to accomplish such a feat.
Brown took some time off at the end of last year to nurse a rib injury, but not long after returning, he showed his rest was worth it. He tied for second with Thomas Pieters in the Genesis Open in February, losing to top ranked, Dustin Johnson.
The Masters Week Golf Breakfast has been a staple in Augusta since 1993 and has been held every year except 1997. Previous speakers have included previous Masters champions, Larry Mize, Zach Johnson and Bernhard Langer.
The event is put together by the Greater Augusta Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Warren Baptist Church.