Gage Gregory with his plaque which reflected his playing ability, sportsmanship, integrity, friendship, and love of the game exhibited throughout his participation on the Bluegrass Golf Tour.
(Most of this article was reprinted from The Paducah Sun newspaper)
The first renewal of the Cullan Brown Invitational kicked off at Paxton Park in Paducah, KY on Thursday, July 22 and finished up with clear skies and perfect weather at the Calvet City Golf and Country Club on Friday afternoon, July 23. It had a special link to Wayne County High School where Gage Gregory, the son of Stewart and Amy Gregory, is a member of the Golf Team.
The Bluegrass Golf Tour event honors the late Lyon County and University of Kentucky golfer Cullan Brown. Brown lost his life to osteosarcoma last August. He was 20 years old.
The first day of the Invitational began with tee times at 1 p.m. and ending approximately two hours later with participants from across the Bluegrass state ranging from high school to college age.
For Brown’s sister Cathryn Brown, who received the Cullan Brown Award alongside Jay Nimmo in last year’s event, the Invitational means everything. She and her family, along with participants, were treated to a quick video in Cullan’s honor before the award ceremony on Friday afternoon. She finished in second overall for her division and knew her brother was with her for every hole.
“Today was very emotional for me. I knew I was in the lead last night, and it’d mean so much if I had won, but it means just the same that I came in second,” she told The Sun. “I think Cullan was trying to tease me out there today with a couple of shots, but that’s just the way he was. This is super special for my family to be able to put this on in his memory and carry that with us for the rest of our lives.”
“Cullan loved the game of golf,” Cullan Brown’s mother Emily said during the award ceremony. “He wanted everybody else to love the game.”
Winners of the Cullan Brown Award were Gage Gregory and Macey Brown for their playing ability, sportsmanship, integrity, friendship, and love of the game through participation on the Bluegrass Golf Tour. All of which Cullan Brown exemplified as a golfer, son, brother, and friend.
For those that know Gage Gregory, this award comes as no surprise. Wayne County Assistant Golf Coach Allen Burchett said, “"Most people in the High School golf community know that Gage's dad, our Head Coach Stewart Gregory has experienced a cancer diagnosis as well. Coach Gregory has not missed a beat for our players, but has set an example of how to face adversity with courage. Gage is very deserving of this prestigious award that covered numerous tournaments. He has earned this recognition based simply on the criteria for the award.”
“Thanks to Chris (Redle) for putting this on,” Gregory said. “Coming from a family that has to deal with cancer, many things go on, ups and downs. We have to fight through it and be together as a family.”
Gregory will have the honor of attending this special event next year and help present the awards.