Coweta Sports Hall of Fame
Golfer Brown joins inductees tonight
Louis Brown grew up on the links of Newnan Country Club, winning championships immediately as a youth golfer before moving on to the University of Georgia’s program and eventually a competitor on both the PGA and Nike Tour from 1988-1993.
Tonight, Brown will be among four new inductees in the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame as it hosts is 12th annual banquet ceremonies at the Coweta Fairgrounds starting with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Along with Brown, former baseball standouts Tim Cash, Scott Camp and Jerome Coleman will be honored as the hall of fame expands to 78 members over its first dozen years.
Brown’s father, former Times-Herald Sports Editor Johnny Brown, spearheaded the idea to establish a sports hall of fame in Coweta County that could honor the accomplishments of athletes, coaches and supporters. He was honored as part of its Class of 2005.
The Coweta Sports Hall of Fame’s endeavors have also included its scholarship fund, which has provided more than $25,000 to deserving student-athletes from the county since 2007.
By the time he was 10, the younger Brown was excelling in youth events in the Georgia State Golf Association, finishing runner-up in its state challenge tournament. Two years later, he won the 11-12 age division at the Southern Junior Invitational in Pensacola, Fla.
Brown eventually tied for second at age 14 at the Future Masters Invitational in Dothan, Ala. The following year, he captured the first of four Wilkins Kirby Championships.
During a time where he lettered for four straight years on Newnan High’s golf team including a regional title in his senior year, Brown added a NCC Championship and teh Atlanta Junior Golf Association Grand Championship in 1980 at age 16.
While also at Newnan High, Brown lettered on the varsity basketball team, eventually graduating with a 4.0 GPA while also a member of the Beta Club.
By 1982, he was ranked sixth in Golf Digest’s list of top U.S. junior players.
Heading on to the collegiate level, he captained Georgia’s 1984-85 golf team while named both All-SEC and All-Academic twice.
Brown continued to make a name for himself among amateur ranks, tying with Davis Love III at the GSGA Junior Amateur in 1981. He also won the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Tournament of Champions in 1982.
In addition to reaching the quarterfinals of the 1982 USGA Amateur Championship, Brown added a Dixie Amateur title. He finished in the top-10 of the GSGA Amateur Championship five times, winning the 1985 tournament and finishing second in 1984 and 1982..
Moving on to a professional career, he played on the Australian Tour and won its Rookie of the Year Award in 1989 after capturing a win in the Nedlands Masters. He also won the Canadian PGA Tour’s Fort McMurray Open and was fourth in the tour’s Order of Merit.
Twice Brown was a runner-up in the Canadian PGA Championship while also finishing second in a playoff to future U.S. Open and Masters champion Angel Cabrera at the 1996 Vina del Mar Open on the South America Tour.
More recently, he captured the 1997 Georgia Open, the 1998 Atlanta Open and was the GSGA’s Four Ball Champion in 2008.
Brown had continued to stay active off the course throughout his career, working with youth golfers and providing instruction and clinics. He also was founder and chairman of The Evergreen Society, an organization “purely golf focused, off-course, entertainment, education and information society incorporating the game’s timeless values.”