Even though Brandon Ellis is one of the top golfers for a Georgetown team that won the Big East championship, he still thinks about the day he helped the DeSales High School boys golf team make its first state tournament appearance.

Even though Brandon Ellis is one of the top golfers for a Georgetown team that won the Big East championship, he still thinks about the day he helped the DeSales High School boys golf team make its first state tournament appearance.

"I honestly think about it all the time, much more than people would probably think," said Ellis, a 2007 DeSales graduate. "That day, even though it wasn't a Big East championship, was an awesome day."

On Oct. 3, 2006, Ellis had a forgettable day on the front nine at the Division II district tournament at River Greens. He shot a 41 on the front and rebounded with a 35 as the Stallions shot a 322 to win their first district title.

"There's a lot of time when I'm playing golf now that I think about making those birdies on the back nine," Ellis said. "I think back on that to know that I can do it. It was a really positive experience and, when I'm not playing very well, I look back on that day to turn it around."

Turning it around is what Georgetown did this season in winning the Big East championship. The Hoyas were seeded 11th going into the Big East tournament at Innisbrook Resort in Tampa, Fla. A lineup change and a solid outing from Ellis and teammate Vincenzo Salina won it for Georgetown on April 20. The Hoyas ended up shooting an 873 in the 54-hole event.

In three rounds, Ellis shot a 216 to tie for fifth behind individual champion Salina (215). Ellis also earned first-team all-Big East honors for his effort.

Next season he's set be one of the Hoyas' two team captains.

"Brandon is a quiet leader," Georgetown coach Thomas Hunter said. "He's not an imposing personality by any means, but he's got the heart of a lion. His leadership skills are more how he demonstrates his passion for the game and his will to win in any possible moment."

Performing on the college level wasn't what Ellis thought it would be early on.

Ellis quickly found that getting a shot to be one of the five Hoyas' starters meant beating teammates in intrasquad competitions.

Veteran players were given spots and, when Ellis arrived, Georgetown had two such players. The rest of the team competed for the remaining three spots. Ellis had to get used to spending more time playing against teammates than practicing.

Last season, Georgetown lost its top two golfers from the year before and when those spots opened up, Ellis took advantage. He played every tournament on the Hoyas' schedule last season.

"In high school I could shoot 74 and 75 and we're playing an easy golf course so you don't feel that good about shooting that," Ellis said. "In college the courses are extremely difficult and the weather was always bad. All of a sudden shooting a 74 and 75 becomes something you can really be proud of. I had to learn to alter my expectations."

After his final season at Georgetown, Ellis is planning to try professional golf. He has continued to work at his game, spending the summer traveling to several tournaments. He was back in town last Friday, only to leave again two days later.

"I still feel I have a lot of potential," Ellis said. "I feel like I'm developing the work ethic that I need to have to play professionally. It's always been a dream of mine, so I'm definitely going to give it a shot."