CHARLESTON, S.C. – With another chance to perform on one of college golf’s biggest stages, Benton native Patrick Newcomb finished third last week at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic in Charleston, S.C.
The Murray State University junior tied for low round of the event on the first day with a 4-under-par 68. He stumbled on a couple of holes on Nov. 1, but came home with a final round 74 and finished one shot back of the winners
Newcomb had scores of 73-68-74 – 215, while Vaita Guillaume of Campbell had rounds of 69-73-72 – 214 to tie for the title with Andres Pumariega of George Washington who had scores of 70-71-73 – 214.
“This was as good of a field of teams and players that we’ll see,” MSU coach Eddie Hunt said. “Patrick played some great golf and showed that he can tee it up and compete with anybody in the country. He just fell a little short.”
Part of Newcomb’s misfortune was caused by lack of information at the end of the round, a common occurrence in college golf where leaderboards are rarely found.
“I did knew the leader was 4-under with two holes left and I thought I needed a birdie on my last hole to win,” Newcomb said via phone from the team van as they were making their way home last Tuesday evening. “I hit a bad drive right and it went out of bounds. I made double-bogey and lost by one shot.”
Still with a great summer behind him in which he was named the Kentucky Golf Association Player of the Year and a solid fall, with one win and another second-place finish, Newcomb is excited about what the spring could hold for him.
“The round I played on Monday was maybe the best ball-striking day I’ve ever had,” he said. “I hit every fairway and nearly every green and that was in windy conditions on a tough course for a 4-under 68. Yes, the way I finished the fall is very encouraging, now I’ve got to go to work over the winter and get ready.”
As a team, the Racers finished 17th in the Kiawah event with scores of 305-315-316 – 940.
MSU’s Hunter York of Hardin, a teammate of Newcomb’s on the 2007 Marshall County High School state championship golf team, placed 42nd with rounds of 75-81-76 – 232, while Tyler Brown was in 77th place with scores of 77-82-81 – 240.
Dustin Gosser placed 101st with rounds of 84-84-89 – 257, while William Hunt was in 105th place with scores of 95-88-85 – 268.
The Racers begin their spring schedule at the Samford Intercollegiate (March 4-6) at Hoover Country Club in Hoover, Ala..
This press release was submitted by Murray State University.