DICKSON, Tenn. – Benton’s Patrick Newcomb was declared winner of the rain-shortened Ohio Valley Conference men’s golf championship Saturday and was selected as player of the year for the second year in a row.
The final round of the tournament was canceled when too much rain fell and made the Greystone Golf Club course unplayable.
Newcomb was named medalist based on the scores of the first two rounds of the tournament, which was scheduled for 54 holes. Newcomb carded a three-under-par 69 in the first round Thursday and a two-under 70 on Friday for a 36-hole total of 140. He edged UT Martin’s Brendon Caballero, who shot 69-71–141.
The Marshall County High School graduate is the fourth straight MSU golfer to win the top player award. His brother, Nick, won the title in 2010 and Cameron Carrico claimed it for the Racers in 2011.
Murray State is the first school to have four straight winners since Eastern Kentucky University in 1983-86.
Newcomb is the seventh OVC golfer to win the honor in consecutive years. The last back-to-back player of the year was current PGA professional Scott Stallings, who claimed the honor in 2006-2007.
Newcomb is only the second Racer to win the OVC’s top spot in back-to-back years. Billy Graham claimed the title in 1962 and 1963.
Newcomb gets one of 32 individual spots in the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship. The tournament field of 80 teams and individuals will be announced next week.
Newcomb will be assigned to one of six regionals that will be played May 16-18. The NCAA Regionals will be held at: Baton Rouge, La., Tallahassee, Fla., Columbus, Ohio, Fayetteville, Ark., Tempe, Ariz. and Pullman, Wash. The National Championship will be held May 28 - June 2 at the Capital City Club/Crabapple Course in Atlanta.
Newcomb is the first MSU player to compete in the NCAA Golf Championship as an individual since Cameron Carrico in 2011. The Racers won the OVC title and competed at the NCAA level in 2010.
The Racers were fifth in team standings.