Pat Browne, Jr.Basketball/Golf, 1947-2007
Jesuit High School/Tulane University
- After a standout athletic career at Jesuit and Tulane, became one of the top blind golfers in the world.
- Served as captain of the basketball team and a two-year letterman in baseball at Jesuit, earning all-state honors and being selected to the American Legion All Star Team, where he posted a league-leading batting average of .484.
- After graduating in 1950, continued his athletic success at Tulane, where he lettered three times in both golf and basketball and was named captain of each team for two years.
- Set the single-game scoring record for Tulane Basketball during his senior year.
- Upon receiving his Law Degree from Tulane in 1956, he practiced law for eighteen years in New Orleans, before becoming President and C.E.O of Hibernia Homestead Bank, an office he held for thirty years.
- In 1966, lost his sight and sustained multiple injuries as a result of an automobile accident. After a long recovery process he was introduced to the idea of blind golf by his close friend, Henry Sarpy.
- A 2-handicap prior to his accident, he eventually won his first USBGA National Championship with Henry as his coach in 1975. Thereafter, beginning in 1978, Pat and his coach, Gerry Barousse, won the USBGA National Championship 20 consecutive years. On two other occasions, Pat won the USBGA National Championship, one of which was with David Clark as his coach, and, most recently in 2005, with his son Patrick at his side.
- Has won 18 titles at the Ken Venturi Guiding Eyes Golf Classic, which has been referred to as the “Masters of Blind Golf” due to its invitational nature.
- In his blind golf career, has 65 blind golf victories around the world.
- Recorded the lowest four consecutive rounds ever by a blind golfer, shooting rounds of 75, 74, 79, 75 at Mission Hills Golf Club in Palm Springs, California.
- He and Gerry Barousse shot 85 at St. Andrews and 80 at Pinehurst, as well as recording the lowest ever nine holes of competitive blind golf, shooting an even par 36 on the back nine of the USBGA National Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
- In 1988, the United States Golf Writers Association presented Pat with the Ben Hogan Award in Augusta, Ga., during the Masters. This award is presented to a golfer who has overcome great adversity.
- In 2007, New York Metropolitan Golf Writers Association presented Pat with the Mary Bea Porter Award, which “recognizes an individual in golf who, through a heroic or humanitarian act, saves or betters the lives of others.”
- Inducted into the United States Blind Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Also a member of the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.