State Park Golf Course To Honor Late Kentucky Athlete & Lyon County Resident, Cullan Brown

EDDYVILLE, KY (June 23, 2021) – To pay tribute to one of Kentucky’s finest young athletes, the golf course at Mineral Mound State Park will be dedicated to honor late Lyon County resident and University of Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown.

As a lifetime native of Eddyville, Cullan grew up playing golf with his family and friends at Mineral Mound State Park. After graduating from Lyon County High School, Cullan joined the University of Kentucky men’s golf team, where he made an immediate impact on the varsity golf team.

“Kentucky lost an incredible individual who touched the lives of everyone he met both on and off the course,” said Gov. Beshear. “Cullan’s legacy and story of resilence will live on forever at Mineral Mound golf course in Eddyville where he grew up playing the game he loved as a child.”

Remembered for his warmth, generosity, and oversized personality, Cullan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2020. Prior to diagnosis, Cullan was named to the SEC all­freshman team and ended his rookie season with four top­20 finishes. While in high school, Cullan was also named 2016 KHSAA Player of the Year for golf, and was a two-time runner up for that honor.

To honor Cullan’s legacy and his contribution to the Lyon County community, the Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet will dedicate the golf course at Mineral Mound State Park in his honor. The official renaming ceremony will take place in late August. Details relating to the ceremony are forthcoming.

“The dedication of the golf course at Mineral Mound State Park is our way of honoring Cullan’s memory and the incredible impact he had on the park and his community,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Mike Berry. “We are our honored to play a part in helping ensure his story is remembered for years to come by all who visit the park.

Last week, Gov. Beshear, Senior Advisor Rocky Adkins and Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Russ Meyer shared the news of the upcoming course dedication with Brown’s family, including parents, Rodney and Emily, and his sister, Cathryn. 

“Cullan was a true example of a leader for both his family, team and community,” said Kentucky State Parks Commissioner Russ Meyer. “As a longtime patron of the park, his story will continue to live on for future generations to learn from his strength and continued perseverance.”

Located in Lyon County on the shores of Lake Barkley, Mineral Mound State Park is a 541 ­acre park that features an 18 ­hole, par­-72 nationally recognized golf course. Known for its breath-taking views and connection to Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, the golf course will be renamed in late August to honor the incredible impact of Brown’s life on the Eddyville community.

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