Murray State sophomore Austin Knight earned the Racers’ first individual title since 2016 when he brought home the medalist honor at the TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate at Hermitage Golf Club in Old Hickory, Tennessee.

Knight, who began the final round three shots off the lead, fired a final round 3-under-par 69 to win by one shot over Tennessee State’s John Tyminski, UT Martin’s Nick Wolf and Trey Tobias of Waters State. Knight’s score-line totaled a pair of sub-par scores in three rounds (71-72-69=212).

Knight follows Patrick Newcomb (2012), Cameron Carrico (2011) and Mitchell Moore (2007) as Murray State players that have claimed the TSU Big Blue title. The last Racer to win any kind of individual title was in March of 2016 when Preston French won the Bobby Nichols Invitational. The win for Knight is the 27th for Racer Coach Eddie Hunt in his 16 seasons.

The Racers carded scores of 295-290-287=872 and saved their best round for the last when they came home with a fourth-place finish in the field of 13 squads. The Racers trailed winner UT Martin (856), second place Tennessee State (867) and third place Wright State (869).

Other Racers scores and finishes included Connor Coombs in 17th place with scores of 73-75-72=220. Gabe Wheeler and Lance Davis shared 28th place. Wheeler had scores of 75-70-78=223, while Davis posted 76-73-74=223. Justin Wendling carded rounds of 76-79-72=227 for a spot in 37th place.

MSU’s Avery Edwards was in the field as an individual and withdrew from the final two rounds after posting a 77 in round one.

The Presidents Reserve course played to a par of 71 and a length of 7,044 yards.

The Racers can now prepare for the biggest event of the 2017-18 season (April 23-25) at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship at The Shoals Golf Club in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

TSU Big Blue Intercollegiate
Hermitage Golf Club – Presidents Reserve Course
Old Hickory, Tenn.

4 Murray State 295 290 287 872
1 Austin Knight (1) 71 72 69 212
T17 Connor Coombs (5) 73 75 72 220
T28 Gabe Wheeler (3) 75 70 78 223
T28 Lance Davis (4) 76 73 74 223
T37 Justin Wendling (2) 76 79 72 227

Team Scores
UT Martin 287 287 282 856 +4
Tennessee State 289 289 289 867 +15
Wright State 294 284 291 869 +17
Murray State 295 290 287 872 +20
Evansville 296 291 300 887
Detroit Mercy 299 301 288 888
John A. Logan 294 302 307 903
Mississippi College 309 302 293 904
Walters State 304 311 296 911
Green Bay 307 306 303 916
Union (TN) 311 304 310 925
Chicago State 313 320 312 945
Miles College 327 315 322 964

Dave Winder – Department of Athletics – Murray State ​State University​
Associate AD – Media Relations

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