By Todd Purvis/Sports editor

Senior golf team member Brandon Brown has been named this year’s male Athlete of the Year by The Progress.Brown was tabbed as this year’s male athlete of the year by the coaches, media and members of the athletic department at Eastern for his performance this season.

Brown is a native of Shelbyville, Ky., and is majoring in sports management. Brown is the son of Lloyd Brown and Lenora McIntosh.

Brown has finished in the top 25 in seven of the eight spring invitationals in which the Colonels competed. Brown picked up wins in the El Diablo Intercollegiate and the UK/Johnny Owens Intercollegiate and posted two-second place finishes in the Eastern Spring Intercollegiate and the Bullock Intercollegiate, respectively

Throughout this spring season Brown has averaged a 72.6 stroke average with his low round of 68 coming at the UK/Johnny Owens Intercollegiate.

Brown led his squad to victory in four of the eight tournaments in which the golf team played in. The Colonels won at the El Diablo Intercollegiate, EKU Spring Intercollegiate, UK/Johnny Owens Intercollegiate and the Bullock Collegiate Classic.

In addition to the Eastern victories, Brown helped his squad pick up two other top five finishes as the Colonels placed second in the Samford Invitational and fourth in the Marshall Intercollegiate.

Last season Brown was named to the All-OVC conference team and to the All-OVC tournament team.

Brown finished in the top 10 in three of the four tournaments in which he competed during the 2003-04 fall season. He tied for fourth at the UL Cardinal Invitiatonal, tied for fifth at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, and also tied for eighth at the EKU Colonel Classic.

In 2002-03 Brown competed in five of the team’s six tournaments. In the spring season, Brown earned a berth to the NCAA Regionals. Brown was named to the All OVC team and was named an All-OVC tournament performer.

Runners-up

Neil Sellers

– .355 batting average

– 7 homeruns

– 46 RBI’s

Jon Bentley

-Second team All-OVC

– 13.4 ppg

– 5.9 rpg

Matt Guice

– 19 total touchdowns

– 2266 passing yds.

– Four-time OVC Newcomer of the Week