Brewer earns two Beau Pré championships, ready for more

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 5, 2000

Golfing is in P.Z. Brewer’s blood.

That’s how he explains his victory at Sunday’s Beau Pr\u00E9 Club Championship, and his victory at last year’s club championship. Not to mention several tournament wins at the former Belwood Country Club before Beau Pr\u00E9.

&uot;My dad was an avid golfer,&uot; Brewer said. &uot;I used to caddy for him and watch him play. I’ve been around golf all my life.&uot;

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Brewer didn’t actually begin playing the game until he was 23, after he graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi, he said. A 1967 graduate of Natchez High School, Brewer joined the Army and served a year in Vietnam before returning to the United States to continue his education.

It was at Southern Miss that Brewer met his wife, Connie. The couple now have a grown daughter, Cammie, and a grandson, Brock Owen Bredlove.

A Natchez native, Brewer moved to Jackson two years ago. However, a recent promotion for his wife may allow the family to move back in the near future, he said.

With many friends and family ties to Natchez — his mother, Ettie Mae, still lives here — Brewer hopes to return soon.

&uot;I’ve been around Natchez all my life,&uot; he said. &uot;I’ve been playing golf around Natchez a long time.&uot;

If it were up to him, Brewer would play golf all the time, he said.

&uot;If I had to choose a career from anything, pro golfer would be my first choice,&uot; he said. &uot;So many people around the world play golf, but only a handful make it to the tour.&uot;

But Brewer has no plans to quit his job as a cement salesman at River Cement Company just yet.

&uot;I’d love to (play professionally), but I just don’t have the ability,&uot; he said. &uot;I’m an amateur player. I only get to play two or three times a week.

&uot;Most pros start at a very young age and get all that experience,&uot; he said. &uot;I guess I started too late in life.&uot;

That doesn’t stop Brewer from playing whenever he can. In fact, he said, golf is really his only hobby.

&uot;I used to do some hunting with my dad when I was younger, but he’s passed now, so I don’t hunt much anymore,&uot; he said.

So golf is it, and there’s plenty of golf left me yet, Brewer said, with an eye on next year’s Beau Pr\u00E9 Club Championship.

&uot;If the Lord’s willing, I’ll be there,&uot; he said. &uot;I’d love to win it again.&uot;

However, &uot;Every year I get a little bit older, and there are some good players in that tournament,&uot; he said. &uot;Luck always plays a role.

&uot;You never know what’s going to happen on a golf course. I was lucky going in, and I had the lowest score when all was said and done.&uot;