Brown Awarded L. Durwood Boone Endowed Scholarship
Ryan Brown is the 2006 recipient of the L. Durwood Boone Endowed Scholarship
Ryan Brown is the 2006 recipient of the L. Durwood Boone Endowed Scholarship

July 12, 2006

NORMAL, Ill. - Ryan Brown has the heart and dedication that it takes to be successful on the golf course and in the classroom. After going through many changes in his game, the Illinois State men's golfer won the collegiate division at the fifth annual Country Youth Classic at the ISU Golf Course. For his continued efforts, Brown has been awarded the L. Durwood Boone Endowed Scholarship for 2006.

"It's obviously a big honor to win this award," said Brown. "I think it shows that if you can stay confident and work hard through adversity, good things can happen."

The scholarship was established with an initial grant from the estate of the late L. Durwood Boone, whose playing skills inspired the start of the Redbird golf program in the 1930s. The proceeds have helped support Redbird golf student-athletes since 1995, with specific student-athletes honored starting in 2003.

Head coach Ray Kralis feels that Brown, an Illinois State Bone Scholar, is a worthy candidate for the award.

"Ryan Brown is not the type of person who settles for anything," said Kralis. "This award is so fitting for him because he continually pushes himself in the classroom and on the golf course. Not only has he elevated his own game, but his competitiveness pushes others around him to get better."

A senior finance major from Staunton, Ill., Brown has spent time with Kralis in changing his swing and feels that the `Birds have a great chance to win the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

"I went through a lot of swing changes with coach Kralis," said Brown. "I spent most of last season as a rebuilding year and I have been playing a lot this summer. Things are starting to click for me and I hope I can contribute to the team because I feel we have a young, talented team that has the potential to win the Valley title."

Kralis also feels Brown's hard work is starting to pay off.

"Ryan has had a great summer so far," said Kralis. "He has been playing great, showing that his efforts are paying off. I look to him to carry that confidence into our fall season as I also look to him to be a key part of our success in the upcoming year."

The L. Durwood Boone Endowed Scholarship is one of 14 endowed scholarships funded by private donors, which are available to Illinois State student-athletes. Though not one of the eight fully-funded endowed scholarships at Illinois State University, the L. Durwood Boone Endowed Scholarship provides significant support for the recipient.

For more information about supporting Illinois State University endowments for student-athletes, call The Redbird Club office at (309) 438-3803.