Lyon County freshman golfer Cathryn Brown's trip and extended stay at the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA State Golf Tournament was well earned and won't soon be forgotten. The experience for such a young golfer was enough to celebrate as it were, but Brown would move up to a 12th-place finish with the help of a handful of birdies for a a 4-over-par 76 in the final round to wrap up a match in which she moved over 10 spots up.
Brown finished with a 157 overall for the two days, finishing 15 shots behind winner Olivia Hensley of Boyd County and coming up just short of a potential top-10 finish.
Throughout the 36-hole week, she had some familiar help along the way; every step of it.
Rodney Brown, Cathryn's father, helped her throughout the tournament as a coach.
Brown had done more than well enough on Tuesday to compete and qualify for Wednesday's second round after tying for 23rd place with an improved short game on Tuesday afternoon in Bowling Green.
Brown overcame a double bogey on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 2, and had a birdie on No. 13 Tuesday to help her shoot a 9-over-par score of 81 to make the cut to day two, similar to her brother Cullan Brown, who had an 82 score in his first state tournament day a few years back.
Brown would finish the front nine with three pars and a 7-over 43 before back-to-back birdies starting on No. 12 helped her get to a 2-over on the back nine to make it to day two.
Before Brown's first round of 81 at state, she finished tied for eighth in Paducah at the Region 1 Golf Tournament with an 11-over 82, tying for the final qualifying spot beside Paducah St. Mary's Ellie Roof (81).
Her brother Cullan Brown, the University of Kentucky golfer and former Lyon County golfing great who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer a few months back, was in Lexington undergoing his chemotherapy treatment.
Cullan Brown won the KHSAA individual golf title in 2016, and was the runner-up in both 2015 and 2017.