Maclean’s Lewis Brown has been making a habit of good scores at Maclean Golf Club.
Maclean’s Lewis Brown has been making a habit of good scores at Maclean Golf Club. Lynne Mowbray

Brown making a big impression

FOR a 17-year-old future golfing star, having John Daly as your favourite golfer might seem a bit odd.

But for Maclean High School student Louis Brown, the man known as “Long John” has the right attitude on the golf course.

“He's a bit of a character and I love the way he goes about his game. He's so relaxed on the golf course,” Brown said.

And it appears Brown has taken a leaf out of Daly's laid-back attitude as he continues to impress on the course.

A member of the Maclean Golf Club, Brown was crowned the CHS North Coast Champion recently, after a standout performance in the North Coast Championships at Yamba.

At the same championships he was also a member of the Maclean High School team that won the team event.

The winning team consisted of Brown, Hugh Saunders and Jack Wright.

With a handicap of just four, Brown has an opportunity to make the state CHS team and to improve his ranking in the CHS match-play championships.

“I have to go to Dubbo in June to see if I can make the state team and with Hugh and Jack we're off to Blackheath in the Blue Mountains in May,” Brown said.

“Also, next week I'm playing match-play against a guy from Tweed Heads and if I win that I'm off to Sydney for the state championships.”

Brown says he only started playing golf as a bit of fun but after lowering his handicap considerably he decided to take the game more seriously.

“I started playing as an eight-year-old, because dad used to take me around the course,” he said. “It was just a sport which I enjoyed. I still enjoy it but started to get more serious last year.”

The talented golfer says part of his recent success has been the hours of practice he has put into his short game.

“I do a lot of practice each week concentrating on my short game. I spend hours chipping and putting,” he said.



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