Cracking into the NCAA Division III top 100 only his sophomore year, transfer Kaleb Brown seems to be settling into his spot with the Howard Payne University Golf Team.
Despite finishing tied for 27th at the American Southwest Conference Preview in Kerrville last Saturday, describing his 9 over par performance as a struggle with his team finishing 11th overall, Brown looks to make himself a fixture in the DIII rankings and feels HPU is a stable foundation to Develop into a top-10 player.
“It’s going pretty good. I was ranked 87th at one point, but now it’s going up because at the last tournament I kind of struggle,” Brown said. “Hopefully, we do good in conference. It’s not bad. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot better. I’ve practiced more. I’ve focused more and I’ve gotten better and that’s good.”
Brown comes to Howard Payne University by way of Mississippi College, where he attended his freshman year after graduating from Sulphur Bluff High School in East Texas. With only one year of college golf under his belt, Brown already turned a few heads with his 21st-place finish at the West Region Invitational earlier this month and placed 20th Texas Cup in late March. He will return to Kerrville on the 28th for he ASC Conference Championship. Whether this year or his next two years with the Yellow Jackets, Brown said his primary goal at HPU is earning a con fence title.
“We will do very well at conference. We’ve grown as a team since we started this semester,” Brown said. “... I feel like we’ll do good. I feel like I can work on my putting more. I’ve kind of struggled there. I could have had lower scores with my putting but it comes and goes.”
Brown currently majors in business and hopes to enter business management after he graduates. Until then, he plans to continue improving his game and settling into his new home in Brownwood.
“It’s awesome. I really like it here. I really like the team. They helped me out a lot. I like the school and the teachers. It’s really good here,” Brown said. “... I really want me and the team to win conference one year. That’s my major goal. I also want to be in the top 10 rankings.”