The tributes continue to roll in for Cullan Brown, the University of Kentucky men’s golfer who passed away yesterday after a battle with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer in his left thigh. Late last night, UK Golf Coach Brian Craig and Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart released statements on Brown’s passing, both reflecting on the 20-year-old’s amazing spirit.
“Our hearts are simply devastated over the loss of our brother Cullan,” Kentucky head coach Brian Craig said. “I have personally never known a more special or amazing young man. He was simply the most gifted person I have ever coached. He could literally do anything with excellence, but his greatest gift was the way he loved the Lord and loved people. That is a tremendous legacy to leave behind and one that will last forever within our UK golf family.
“I ask for special prayers for Cullan’s wonderful family,” Craig said. “Rodney, Emily and his younger sister, Cathryn, have all been so faithful and supportive of Cullan over this past year. I have witnessed firsthand what unconditional love looks like. It looks like the Brown family. They have inspired all of us during this battle and I stand in awe of them as a family of believers.
“I cannot properly put into words how much I loved Cullan and love his family,” Craig said. “Our entire team has been blessed to have had him as a member of our family even though it was cut way too short. For as long as I coach at the University of Kentucky, I will make sure our young men know of Cullan’s legacy and impact on every one of us. May God comfort and bless the Browns during this difficult time.”
Brown, a native of Eddyville, Ky., was an All-SEC Freshman Team selection in 2019, putting together four top 20 finishes and making seven starts, including the SEC Championship and NCAA Athens Regional. He made his first-ever PGA appearance at the Barbasol Championship in July 2019, shooting 10-under par. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in September.
“These are painful moments for the UK Athletics family,” UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart said. “Our university and our state have lost a truly special person in Cullan Brown. The impact he made on so many in his short time as a Wildcat is immeasurable, whether it was through his heart as a competitor or his simple goodness as a man.
“Even in the toughest times, he never had a bad day,” Barnhart said. “Cullan will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him. We offer our most heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Brown family in the face of an unimaginable loss.”
Our hearts continue to go out to the Brown family during this terrible time.