Browne Digs Golf More Than Anthropology
Spellman, Mike, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Mike Spellman Daily Herald Sports Writer
PINEHURST, N.C. -For a while there, Olin Browne had as many majors as Tiger Woods.
The only thing is, his weren't on the golf course. They were in college.
Browne, who shares the first-round lead in the U.S. Open at 3 under par with Rocco Mediate, very well could have been labeled the Occidental tourist for the way he flitted around from department to department on the Los Angeles campus of Occidental College before finally settling on a course of study.
"I had eight or nine majors, and a couple of them twice," he said. "(There was) economics, political science, anthropology, back to economics, thought about Spanish. I wanted to be a marine biologist, but organic chemistry cured me of that, English ...
"I ended up majoring in anthropology, which has all kinds of value out here."
Since there weren't too many job offerings for budding anthropologists listed in the want ads, Browne - who started playing golf at the not-so-tender age of 19 - decided the links would be the career route for him.
"Like I said, I majored in anthropology and nobody was going to hire me, so I was going to stay in golf," Browne said.
"I made my bed and that's the way it went."
His parents weren't too thrilled.
"My folks thought I was stark raving mad when I told them this is what I wanted to do because nobody starts (playing golf) when they're 19 years old," he said. …