by KELLEY GUSICH | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Hole-In-One!

student_browning2“I love playing golf, being with my friends and family, and being a good role model at school,” said Thomas Browning, a Poinsettia Elementary third grader. Thomas began playing golf just after his first steps as a one-year-old. With a putting green in his backyard, his daily love for golf began. At three years old, his dad would pick him up after preschool and take him to a course, where Thomas would hit a bucket of 100 balls and then ask for more. He was only four when he played his first nine-hole round. “My first golf tournament was at five and a half, and I was hooked,” he said. “I love the sport of golf because it is so fun and very challenging.”

As he continued playing in more and more tournaments, he also kept winning. Thomas shared, “The day after Christmas in 2014, I made two hole-in-ones in the same round at Sycuan Golf Course practicing for the San Diego Jr. Amateur!” (which he went on to win). He had another hole-in-one at a later tournament, and he’s since learned his hole-in-one accomplishments happened at a 1 in 64 million odds. This past summer was his second trip to North Carolina to play in the US Kids World Championship at the historic Pinehurst courses. The field featured over 1,400 golfers from 47 states and 51 countries. “I placed 29th out of 135 eight year olds,” Thomas explained. “I was very proud of myself and look forward to going back next summer if I qualify again.”

“The day after Christmas in 2014, I made two hole-in-ones in the same round at Sycuan Golf Course practicing for the San Diego Jr. Amateur!”

student_browning1Thomas loves being a Poinsettia Elementary Panther. His favorite subject is math, but he really likes running during P.E. too. Last year he was one of the top runners in the Jog-a-Thon, and he’s playing flag football in Carlsbad for Friday Night Lights. “I strive to always put forth 100% effort in my academics as well as sports.”

The whole family loves playing golf with him, and his little sister Alex aspires to start tournament play when she reaches age six. “I hope to one day be on the PGA Tour for golf,” Thomas affirmed. “It is my dream to play golf every day and make some money from it along the way.” As the 92009 Student Star, Thomas Browning is scoring a hole in one for his life in Carlsbad.


Name: Thomas Browning
School: Poinsettia Elementary
Parents: Tim and Carrie Browning
Hobbies: Golf, football, collecting football cards, Minecraft, going to the beach, surfing
Favorite Local Spots: Golf courses, the beach, Pizza Port
Instagram: @thomasbrowninggolf