Nov 29, 2009
Kent Brown is a golf professional whose career and interest in the game spans more than fifty years. His first coach and teacher was his father, who cut down a wooden-shafted five iron, for Kent, when he was only six. His love and passion for the game came almost immediately. Today he is often kidded by his friends as being one-dimensional. It is however, his total commitment to his sport, and his life-long desire to improve, and help others to improve, that has set him apart as one of the top teachers in the country. Even though Kent spends most of his time at junior golf tournaments, and teaching juniors, and adults alike; he has never stopped being a student of the game himself. Kent feels privileged to have had opportunities for personal interaction with many industry leaders, top instructors, and PGA Tour professionals—most notably, Ben Hogan. He currently serves on the Southern California PGA Advisory Committee.
Kent played on his high school golf team before playing on scholarship at Cal State Long Beach, where he was team captain and number-one player in his junior and senior years. After instructing golf in the US Army, Kent turned professional, and joined the mini-tour ranks. He played competitive tournament golf for almost three years before accepting a position with the Ben Hogan Company in Ft Worth, Texas. It was there at the Ben Hogan Company, Kent continued his learning from the master. During his fifteen years with the Hogan Company, Kent became acquainted with tour player, and prominent golf instructor, Mac Ogrady. It was under Mac’s watchful eye that Kent developed as a professional’s professional. It was two years later, when long time friend, Dr. Tim Somerville, and Kent founded the now, world famous, Professional Golfers Career College, with campuses in Temecula, California, Orlando, Florida, and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He served as Executive Director of the college for fifteen years, where he also taught Psychology of Golf, gave his students individual golf lessons, and taught them how to teach the game to others.
After selling his interest in PGCC in 2005, Kent accepted a position with the International Junior Golf Tour as the West Coast Director. In this role, he continues to teach and motivate the next generation of young players.
IJGT Quick FactsMission Statement: The mission of the International Junior Golf Tour is to provide exceptional junior golfers with the opportunity to develop and showcase their competitive skills while setting high standards to preserve the traditions and integrity of the game.First National Tournament Conducted: 1995National Headquarters: The IJGT National Headquarters is located on Hilton Head Island, South CarolinaTour Success: A few of the touring professionals that have competed on the IJGT Tour include; · Hunter Mahan, · Paula Creamer, · Morgan Pressel, · Rickie FowlerAmateur Success: 2009 Walker Cup Team, Morgan Hoffmann and Rickie FowlerMailing List: 5,408 plus an additional 1,600 from the Mexican Junior Golf FederationRegistered College Coaches: 300Staff: 7 full-time, 6 internsDemographic: Junior golfers range in age from 10 to 19 years old• 44 states and 32 countriesJunior Membership: Approximately 2,000 members annually (89% male / 11% female)Average No. of events played per member: 4.5Season: September – May, International events in June and July• Summer 2010: 10 events currently being planned in AsiaNumber of Tournaments: 62 open / 5 InvitationalAverage Field Size: 84 players2009/2010 Course Highlights: TPC Sawgrass, Harbour Town, Kiawah Island, Greenbrier Resort
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