Longtime USGTF member and Southeast Region Director Mike Stevens is this year’s recipient of the Mike Brown Award, given annually by the Society of Hickory Golfers. Brown was an avid hickory golfer who died suddenly in February 2010 in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana. His passing left a void in the hickory golfing community and a sense of personal loss to everyone who encountered him.

He worked tirelessly to promote hickory golf and was constantly bringing in new people into the hickory community. He was exceedingly knowledgeable about the history of golf and was a strong voice in maintaining the ancient traditions of the game. The Mike Brown Award honors his memory and many contributions to hickory golf. It is presented annually to a hickory player who shares Brown’s:

1. Respect for the traditions of hickory golf.

2. Dedication to growing the game of hickory golf.

3. Passion for promoting lasting friendships through hickory golf.

The physical award is Brown’s favorite Tom Stewart mongrel mashie, which is on permanent display at the Mid Pines Golf Club in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Annual awardee’s names are engraved on the plaque, and they receive a specially engraved gold medal. The award will be presented to Stevens in conjunction with the Mid Pines Hickory Open in November.
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