H-S Classic: The Long Blue Line meets the little white ball

Jun. 19, 2014 @ 08:44 PM

Monday and Tuesday at The Herald-Sun Golf Classic were kind of rough on Darrell Brown and Clark Green.

Ashley Berry came from Cary and wore them out. He shot 7-under-par 135 during those two days of qualifying. Brown and Green both came in at 33-over 175.

Now Brown and Green get to beat up on each other after advancing in the fourth flight during the first day of match play at Hillandale Golf Course on Thursday.

Brown beat Charles Salmon 4 and 3, and Green got past David Rovetto 6 and 5.

Fifth-seeded Green and No. 4 Brown are scheduled to tee off today at 8:32 a.m.

At Hillandale, those two, because of their last names, are “known as the colored boys — Green and Brown,” Green said.

The hands with which they grip golf clubs are attached to long arms of the law that they use to serve with the Durham Police Department. Brown is a detective in the homicide unit. Green is retired from the force but still does some off-duty work.

Brown and Green didn’t routinely ride together in patrol cars, but they’ve shared plenty of golf carts over the past couple of decades.

This week at the tournament, Green has been hitting the ball well and could win today if he doesn’t let the game rattle him, Brown said.

“As long as he can keep his temper down,” Brown said.

Brown always exudes cool, Green said.

“He’s just consistent,” Green said. “He doesn’t get upset, he doesn’t get too excited. He’s going to stay the same. He’s consistent. Good self-control — a little bit better than me.”

“I wish my swing had self-control,” Brown said.

Either way, a police officer will win.

The loser buys dinner at Texas Roadhouse.