Aug. 27, 2012
The Daily Hoot recently caught up with FAU Athletics hall-of-famer and professional golfer Steve LeBrun as he prepared to play in last weekend's News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tennessee.
LeBrun plays on the Web.com Tour (formerly known as the Nationwide Tour), where he is currently 65th on the money list. You can follow his progress at this link.
In early June, he qualified for and then competed in his first PGA Tour major, the US Open Golf Championship, played at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He made the cut and finished tied for 46th with a score of 292.
On playing in the US Open, one of the PGA Tour's four majors:
"It was awesome. I've never played a course like that before, set on the side of a hill basically. You were always walking on an angle, and every shot tested your game so much. There was one par-3 that played about 215 (yards) and you literally played a shot that landed 170 yards because of the bounce, short of the green. You'd normally hit a 5-iron and you had to hit a 7-iron. A lot of stuff like that, that was different than what I'd experienced."
On making the cut, with a birdie on the par-3 8th hole, his final hole of the day:
"I made a putt on the last hole on Friday to make a cut right on the number, and they showed it on ESPN. It was just an awesome week all around. I got to play with Hunter Mahan the last round, he's a top player this year and will be on the Ryder Cup again. To finish as well as I did, of course you always wish you could do a little better. But for my first Open to make the cut, it was awesome."
On how he's played since the Open:
"It's been solid, I'm playing really well. I've been back playing on the Web.com tour, the next week I went to Wichita (Kansas) and had a great week, finishing ninth. I had to take a few weeks off following a back injury, but since then, I've played in Columbus, Omaha, Springfield, Missouri, Kansas City and now Knoxville. Finished ninth in Omaha also."
On what he's taken with him from the Open:
"I've had some confidence left over, to be able to play at that level with all of those people around. The crowd multiplied when (17-year-old Beau Hossler, who LeBrun was grouped with in rounds 1& 2) took the lead, and I performed well in front of that huge crowd and with all the cameras on. I've taken all of that with me, I know I'm good enough to play out there when the time is right."