Sunday, November 16, 2014

Brown to Attend Bryant on Golf Scholarship

Bedford High is headed to the football championship game on Saturday, but thy have already won the Division I championship this fall in golf. Leading the Bulldogs to the title was senior Ryan Brown, who has accepted a golf scholarship to Bryant University in Rhode Island.

"I received scholarship offers from the University of Rhode Island and Bryant University so my decision really came down to those two" Brown told the NH Notebook. "I loved the campus at Bryant and I know some of the kids on the team which helped influence my decision. My dad also went there so hearing him say it is a good fit for me really made me feel like this is the school for me."

Brown and Mike Vailas (also a senior at Bedford High) are both signing National Letters of Intent to play at Bryant. Brown will be playing golf and Vailas will be playing lacrosse.

"Mike Vailas has been my best friend since sophomore year" Brown explained. "Obviously I would not make my decision based off of one friend in high school but it really did make me feel more comfortable knowing that he will be there with me. We have also decided to be rooming together so we are both very excited for that."

Brown has starred at Bedford in basketball as well as golf, and it wasn't until recently that he decided to focus more on golf.

"I have gotten interest in schools for basketball like Roger Williams, St. John Fisher in New York, and Colby Sawyer" said the 6-foot-4 Brown. "Going into my sophomore year I thought that I would definitely try to be pursuing basketball as my sport that I would play in college, but once breaking my ankle at the end of my sophomore year and breaking my leg at the end of my junior year, I knew that maybe this just wasn't for me. Once junior season of basketball ended I decided golf was what I wanted to do and started playing every day I could, spending multiple hours at the course each time. During the winter I did indoor training to help keep a feel for my swing and work on mechanics. I was all golf, every day no matter what, and I am very happy with my decision."

That hard work on the golf course has translated into both individual and team success.

"My best score ever would be a 68" said Brown, wholse older sister McKenzie helped Bedford High win a state title in girls basketball in 2013 and is now a freshman at Wake Forest. "My best tournament scores would be 71 on multiple occasions. Over the summer I played in a lot of junior tournaments with the best competition on the east coast, mostly New England. I placed 12th overall and Number 1 for team New Hampshire in the New England Junior Am over the summer, shooting scores of 72-74-75. My proudest achievement on the course would have to be winning the high school state title this year as a senior and captain. I placed 5th individually in states after a bad first round, but it's still one of the prouder moments in my life."

You can bet Brown will be cheering on his friends on the football team this Saturday vs. Pinkerton. Then it's time to get ready for basketball season, before Brown begins the his next chapter at Bryant.

"Can't wait for my last year of playing competitive basketball" Brown concluded. "The Bedford Bulldogs are not a team to mess with this year!"

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