BOWLING GREEN – Patrick Newcomb’s bid to win the Kentucky State Amateur Men’s Golf Championship for the third year in a row started and ended at a winning pace.
However, a second-round score of 73 put Newcomb in too big a hole for the Benton native to overcome, and he ended up second by six strokes behind Tyler McDaniel.
“Hats off to Tyler, he played great this week,” Newcomb said.
Newcomb was bidding to become only the third player ever to win the State Am title three years in a row.
“It felt good trying to do something rare and win three straight and I really wanted it,” Newcomb said. “But Wednesday’s round was one that everything that could go wrong did and I was just too far behind [Thursday] and needed help to catch up. Tyler went out and won the tournament and tied the scoring record.”
Newcomb was in second place, one shot behind Clay Hinton, after shooting a five-under-par 67 on Tuesday. His 69 on Thursday was just one shot behind McDaniel’s third-round score.
But he could not overcome a five-shot deficit after 36 holes.
McDaniel won with rounds of 68-67-68=203. Newcomb carded 67-73-69=209.
Matthew Zakutney, who will join the Murray State team where Newcomb has starred the past four years, finished third with scores of 74-69-67=210.
“He’s a great kid and going to be a really good player and he showed that this week,” Newcomb said of Zakutney, a St. Mary graduate.
“He had the low round of the day in the final round. We talked on the course a little bit about how to play it. I’m excited about him starting at MSU.”