Mike Browne






Nobody could have predicted this back in 2013 for the former soldier. He was undergoing rehabilitation for an injury suffered two years earlier, during his time as a serviceman, when he saw a poster for an organisation called On Course.

‘It spoke about the part golf could play in the rehab process for injured servicemen and I thought I’d give it a try,’ Browne said. ‘I’d always thought it was a sport for posh old men.’

Browne got his first handicap of 28 in the summer of 2014. Within three months he was down to 15 and after a year he was playing off four. 

He turned pro last October and set off for the Gecko mini-tour in Spain. Playing alongside the likes of Englishman Matt Wallace — a winner on the European Tour this season — Browne notched a top-15 finish in one event.

‘I don’t know where this will all lead me but I’m just having so much fun and I’m starting to play really well,’ said Browne, who’s based at High Post Golf Club in Wiltshire.