Mineral Mound State Golf Course has officially been renamed in honor of the late Cullan Brown, with Gov. Andy Beshear joining the former University of Kentucky golfer’s family in Eddyville, KY to announce the change Monday.
Now, the golf course at Mineral Mound State Park will forever be known as “The Cullan at Mineral Mound.”
“We are here today to rededicate Mineral Mound State Golf Course in honor of Cullan Brown, whose life and legacy has made such an important impact, despite its tragic brevity,” said Gov. Beshear. “From his breakout as a Lyon County High School phenomenon to being named Male Athlete of the Year by UK Athletics, Cullan was a hero on and off the golf course to so many.”
Brown, a former All-SEC Freshman at UK, died at the age of 20 years old after a hard-fought battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer.
“Our family is touched to have Cullan’s memory honored by the renaming of the golf course. This is the course where he grew up, practicing countless hours, working towards his dreams,” said Emily Brown, Cullan’s mother. “We hope everyone who plays The Cullan at Mineral Mound State Park enjoys the game and appreciates the beauty of God’s creation as Cullan always did.”
The Eddyville native was the first state champion from Lyon County High School, and earned state player of the year honors in 2016. After graduating, Brown joined the UK men’s varsity golf team, earning four top-20 finishes in seven starts and finishing ninth in the SEC Championship. He also appeared in the PGA’s Barbasol Championship where he made the cut and finished T-53 as the only amateur in the field.
“This honor for Cullan Brown will help ensure that his extraordinary legacy will continue for many years to come. As I have said many times, God has never made a more special, unique or talented young man than Cullan,” said University of Kentucky Men’s Golf Coach Brian Craig. “He was truly the light of our team. ‘The Cullan’ at Mineral Mound is such a fabulous way to celebrate the life of our brother and teammate. I know it will be an emotional moment, but special for the Brown family and our team. I ask that the Big Blue Nation keep the Brown family in their prayers on this day and going forward.”
“What an amazing tribute to a young man and friend who not only played golf like a pro, but lived his life in obedience to Jesus Christ,” said Lyon County Judge/Executive Wade White. “It was his faith that touched and inspired all who knew him.”
The golf course was renamed to honor the incredible impact of Brown’s life on the Eddyville community, with the ceremony featuring an official ribbon cutting courtesy of the Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce and a ceremonial tee off by Cullan’s sister, Cathryn.
“Many people have walked and will walk the Mineral Mound Golf Course, but the footprints that will always be here are Cullan’s,” said Lake Barkley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Deb Domke.