By MacKenzie Bates - Sports Editor
April 3, 2013 — West Carter senior Kyle Brown is trading in the sneakers for golf spikes.
Brown signed his letter of intent to play golf at Morehead State University at a ceremony at the high school Friday morning. Brown will be a preferred walk-on and will likely redshirt next year to earn a scholarship.
Brown said he’s ready to head 22 miles down the road and play collegiate golf.
“It’s real exciting,” Brown said. “Basketball runs in my blood but golf seems like the better long-term decision.”
Brown, who finished the season averaging 23 points and 9.2 rebounds in his senior campaign and the school’s all-time leading scorer at 1,917 points, could have played college basketball. Kentucky Christian, Pikeville, Shawnee State and Transylvania were interested in the guard.
But Brown chose the links instead of baskets to be part of his college experience.
“I really want to be a basketball coach,” Brown said. “But I think as long as you’re just staying around sports, I can get a good job and hopefully become a coach.”
Brown had a solid senior season on the course. He shot a 73 at Grayson Lake’s Hidden Cove Golf Course to finish third in the standings and qualified for the state tournament.
Brown qualified for the All “A” state tournament in his sophomore and junior seasons. He also won the Eastern Kentucky Conference Tournament three times. He can hit the ball well too, averaging 280 yards a drive.
Brown does carry on the family tradition of Eagles. His sisters, mother and father all went to Morehead State.
“They didn’t pressure me too bad,” Brown said. “Mom really wanted me to go to Morehead and stay closer to home but my sisters all supported my decision.”
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