Murray State men’s golfer Austin Knight posted a third place finish Sunday at the FAU Slomin Autism Invite at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens Florida.
Knight recorded rounds of 72-71-71 for a total of 2-under-par 214 to place third in the field of 77 players.
After a slow start with an opening 316, the Racers come home with a better feeling after passing three teams to get a 10th place finish after rounds of 296 and 297 for a 909 total. MSU placed 10th just behind Florida Atlantic (906) and Florida Gulf Coast (897). The Racers had a 20-shot improvement from round one to round two.
Other MSU finishes included Gabe Wheeler with a share of 40th place on rounds of 82-72-75=229. Avery Edwards and Matthew Winder placed 58th. Edwards had scores 82-78-74=234 and Winder carded scores of 80-75-79=234. Matthew Zakutney placed 65th on scores of 82-79-77=238.
Central Florida was the winner at 867, with Jacksonville State (874), UConn (883), Southern Miss (887) and Northern Illinois (889) made up the top-5.
The Racers’ next challenge is (April 3-4) at the ASU Red Wolves Classic. The 54 hole event will be played at Ridgepointe Country Club in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Austin Knight ended the 54 holes leading the field in par-4 scoring at 4.03 strokes per hole. He was third in par-3 scoring with an average of 3.0 strokes per hole.
Knight made one of the 18 eagles in the event. He did it on the par-4 13th hole in the second round when he holed out a wedge shot from 92 yards. He was the only player to made a two there in the event.
The Squire course at PGA National played to a distance of 6,447 yards and to a par of 72.
Jacksonville State’s Daniel Pico came from behind to get the medalist title on rounds of 69-72-68=209. He passed Central Florida’s Manuel Elvira who had the 54-hole lead and finished with rounds of 68-72-70=210.
Murray State Athletics – Assistant AD – Media Relations