A long ball hitter with a cool temperament, Derek Brown was a model of consistency for the UNCW men’s golf team during his career from 2001-04.
After moving to the coast from Walnut Cove, N.C., Brown enjoyed an outstanding career with the Seahawks, leading the team to its first CAA championship in 2004 and NCAA Regional berths in 2003 and 2004.
Brown, who won the 2002 North Carolina Amateur title, was a four-time All-CAA selection with the Seahawks and captured three individual titles during his collegiate run. He played in 46 tournaments in four seasons and recorded a 73.4 stroke average, tops on the all-time list for eight years.
In the spring of 2004, Brown was named the recipient of the Thomas V. Moseley Award as UNCW’s top-student athlete.
Brown competed on the Hooter’s Tour and became the first Seahawk golfer to play in the U.S. Open when he qualified for the 2005 event at Pinehurst No. 2 in Pinehurst, N.C.