“It’s something I’ve really worked hard for since I was 8, 9 years old,’’ Brown said. “It’s a dream come true, and I’m just looking forward to the opportunity.’’
The former USC Aiken star shot 2-under-par 70 and finished at 8-under 280 on Daniel Island Club’s Ralston Creek Course, two shots behind winner Ken Duke, who closed with 4-under 68.
Brown, who entered the Nationwide Tour’s season-finale 21st on the money list, earned $108,000 and moved up to eighth on the final money list with a total of $282,502.
The top 25 players on the final list earned their PGA Tour cards for next season.
Duke earned $180,000 and went from 36th to seventh on the list.
Brown is the first former USC Aiken player to earn a card. He was a three-time Division II All-American at USC Aiken and led the Pacers to three consecutive national titles from 2004-2006.
“All of those things contributed to me getting to this point and being prepared for the situation I was in (Sunday),’’ Brown said.
Two-time heart transplant recipient and former Georgia standout Erik Compton also earned his card. He finished 13th on the list with $239,737.
The 31-year-old Compton has played 30 career PGA events, but none with a tour card in his bag.
J.J. Killeen won the money title with $414,273, which made him fully exempt on the PGA Tour and gave him entry into the The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in May.