Patrick Newcomb, who struggled in his professional golf debut Aug. 3-4, turned things around a few days later, finishing in a tie for second place in his second outing, the Kentucky Open Championship at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green.
Newcomb, of Benton, deadlocked with Kris Mahaffey and Kyle Wiltshire at 212. He was four shots behind winner Rick Cochran III of Paducah in the tourney, which concluded Thursday.
Newcomb’s brother, Nick, was tied for third with Hunter Ford after the first round Tuesday with a 1-under par 71, but slipped with a second-round score of 82. He recovered on Thursday with a 73 to finish in a group of eight tied for 42nd at 226.
Another Marshall County golfer, Hunter York of Hardin, qualified for the tourney and had a first-round score of 78, but did not make the final cut after the second round Wednesday.
Patrick Newcomb, meanwhile, climbed from an even-par first day that had him in a group in 17th place to a 3-under 141 after shooting a 69 on Wednesday. He finished with a 71.
Cochran had rounds of 68 and 66 to pull away from his challengers, then hung on for the victory after finishing with a 74 on Thursday.
Jesse Massey, Lee Chaney and Grover Justice finished at 213 in a tie for fifth place.
Patrick Newcomb, who recently concluded a stellar career at Murray State in which he earned back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference player of the year honors, got off to a slow start in his pro debut Aug. 3 in the West Kentucky Open in Ledbetter.
On a rain-soaked Drake Creek Golf Club course, Newcomb was near the bottom of the short field of professionals with a first-round score of 75.
He trimmed four shots off that score with a 1-under 71, but still ended up in a group tied at 146 for ninth place.
Cochran also won that tournament, shooting rounds of 64-67 for a 13-under 131. Nick Newcomb finished third behind Cochran and runner-up Mason Jacobs.