PADUCAH, KY — On Monday, Lyon County alum Cullan Brown received the phone call of a lifetime granting him a sponsors exemption into this yearsBarbasol Championship.

It will be the first ever professional tournament for Brown, who most recently finished his freshman year with the University of Kentucky golf team

“It was one of mainly shock,” Brown said about getting the call. “It was certainly something we were not expecting. It was something very out the blue and we were not expecting but a wonderful opportunity and glad to be presented with it. Certainly something that we were not counting on at all.”

Over his career, Brown has won countless tournaments at different levels. From region and state championships in high school, to USJGA tournaments across the country. However, he says he has no expectations heading into next week.

“I am just expecting to go up there and have a good time and experience and hopefully some good golf comes along with it,” he said. “My game is in a pretty decent place right now and I have been able to practice pretty hard and heavy over the last few weeks here and some things are coming into form. Hopefully we can go up there, have a good showing and good finish.”

“It will be a fantastic measure of where I am, compared to where I need to be,” said Brown. “Obviously there is no better set of competitors available for which to test that. So it should definitely be a great week of personal measurement on my end to see how far I am to where I would like to be and what steps need to be taken to get closer to that.”

As far as any nerves that come with playing in his first professional tournament, don’t expect much.

“As a general rule I am not a nervous guy,” said Brown. “I don’t get nervous. Whos to say, it is certainly a situation I have never been a part of before so anything is possible.”

The first round of this years Barbasol Championship will begin on Thursday, July 18th at Keene Trace Golf Club.