Michael Alan Brannan Athlete Profile

Michael Alan Brannan

Michael Alan Brannan
Height: 5-10 Roster Years: 1974-1978 Hometown: Salinas, CA Hall of Fame: 1989

  • 1989 Men's Golf


  • 1975 NGCA Third Team
  • 1976 NGCA First Team
  • 1977 NGCA Third Team 
  • 1978 NGCA Third Team

1989 Hall of Fame Inductee

Golfer Michael Alan Brannan is one of only a handful of four-time All-Americans in the history of BYU Athletics. Also All-Western Athletic Conference each of those years, he played on three WAC championship teams, won seven tournaments, and earned first-team All-America status in 1976.

Perhaps Mike's proudest moment was when he led at the 1977 NCAA championships in Oregon after four rounds. That same year he was chosen for the U.S. Walker Cup team and the NCAA All-Stars.

Mike won the Fresno, Western Intercollegiate, Beehive, Cougar, and Weber State classics. He was runner-up at the Northeastern Amateur, the Pacific Coast Amateur, the Sun Bowl All-Stars, the Cougar Classic, and the WAC championships.

Besides being a two-time California Amateur champion and winner of both the California and Utah opens, Mike represents a long line of Cougars who have been Northern California Amateur champions. He also won both the Junior World and the U.S. Junior championships.

Mike played on the PGA Tour for several years, with his best finish being second place at the Houston Open. He finished in the top 10 in four other tournaments and played in three U.S. Opens and the 1978 Masters.


  • Native of Salinas, Calif.

Career Highlights

  • Four-time All-American
  • Four-time All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Played on three WAC Championship teams and won seven tournaments
  • Chosen for the U.S. Walker Cup team and the NCAA All-Stars in 1977

Before BYU

  • California State Amateur champion
  • California State Open champion
  • Won the Junior World and the U.S. Junior championships

After BYU

  • Played on the PGA Tour for several years
  • Played in three U.S. Opens and the 1978 Masters

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Earned his best finish of second place at the Houston Open 
  • Finished in the top 10 in four other tournaments
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1989

1974-1975 | Freshman Year

  • Named third-team All-America .
  • Placed 11th in the NCAA
  • Tied for sixth in the WAC
  • Named All-WAC
  • Member of the NCAA All-Star team to Japan
  • Finished first at the Utah Open
  • Runner-up at the Northeastern Amateur and Pacific Coast Amateur

1975-1976 | Sophomore Year

  • Named first-team All-America
  • Named All-WAC

1976-1977 | Junior Year

  • Named third-team All-America
  • Named All-WAC
  • Finished first at the Weber State Classic
  • Member of the Walker Cup Team
  • Was a quarterfinalist in the U.S. Amateur

1977-1978 | Senior Year

  • All-American
  • Named All-WAC