The American Junior Golf Association mourns the loss of 20-year-old Cullan Brown of Eddyville, Ky., who died August 4 after a yearlong battle with cancer.
During his AJGA career which included Rolex Junior All-America honors, a 2016 win at the Bass Pro Shops / Payne Stewart Junior Championship and nine top-10 finishes, Brown was maybe most known for his love for others.
His personality made for an instant cult classic on @AJGAGolf social media; "Sit Down with Cullan Brown" featured his witty banter with new and old friends.
Few who ever had the opportunity to meet Brown left a stranger. The teen, then referred affectionately as "the mayor" in his small Kentucky hometown of one blinking light, was an avid reader who could usually name every plant, bird and animal on a golf course. He was known for his warm personality, faith, open spirit and love of good food.
In high school, where he won the individual golf state championship for Lyon County and finished runner-up in 2015 and 2017, Brown made brisket for a Future Farmers of America fundraiser. His seasoning was so popular he started selling the spice concoction known as "flavor dust."
Brown earned All-SEC honors as a freshman at the University of Kentucky. With a sponsor's exemption, he made his PGA TOUR debut, and first cut, at the 2019 Barbasol Championship, just 30 minutes from UK's campus.
After the tournament, a fluke led to the discovery of Brown's osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer found in his femur.
Brown stepped away from his sophomore season at UK in September 2019 for chemotherapy, after which, teammate Jay Kirchdorfer established a GoFundMe page to help his family with medical expenses.
Absolutely heartbreaking news: Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma just weeks after making the cut at the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship last July, has died. He would’ve been entering his junior year. Cancer freaking sucks. pic.twitter.com/TAZNeyv7NS— Brentley Romine (@BrentleyGC) August 5, 2020