The Golf Director congratulates Brandon Brown, winner of the 2013 Cherry Blossom Classic presented by Modern Distributors in Georgetown Kentucky. This Eastern Kentucky alumnus shot a 9 under 63 in front of his family and friends to tie 3rd round leader Peter Malnati and force a playoff. Brown then birdied the 1st playoff hole to win his 7th NGA Pro Golf Tour event.
The $22,000 winners purse will come in good use as he won in front of his newborn daughter. As reported on the NGA Tour website, Brown said, “I’ve had seven wins out here, but this tops all of them by far. We only play in Kentucky once a year and to have my family come out and support me is a blessing. I’m fortunate that I was able to win in front of them.” This 2012 NGA Pro Golf Tour player of the year moved up to 13th on the money list with only five events under his belt after knee surgery early in the year delayed his tournament start.
We will look forward to watching Brown and the other players including Justin Lower, #1 on the money list, and defending champion David Skinns, as they tee it up in Knoxville Tennessee at the Three Ridges Classic with the Monday qualifier today. Stay tuned to thegolfdirector.com and to the ngatour.com for updated information.
From the NGA Tour site:
The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour Professionals.
The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships. On average over 60% of every Web.com Tour field and over 40% of every PGA TOUR field have spent time on the NGA TOUR.
NGA alumni include: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 U.S. Open champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA champion John Daly; British Open champion Tom Lehman; PGA champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year and 2013 Honda Classic champion Michael Thompson; and recent PGA TOUR winners Russell Henley, Kevin Streelman, Scott Brown, Brian Gay, Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings, Scott Piercy, Gary Woodland, and many, many more.
The NGA Pro Golf Tour, established in 1988, predates the Web.com Tour as the longest running developmental tour in golf. Since 2010, the NGA TOUR has received twenty Web.com Tour and two PGA TOUR event exemptions, the most in developmental golf, and in 2012 became the “Official Partner of the Reno-Tahoe Open,” one of just 45 PGA TOUR events worldwide, and now the only event on the PGA TOUR calendar with a Modified Stableford scoring format.