Athlete Spotlight: William Hunt

Ed Marlowe
Staff writer

Senior William Hunt’s first sport didn’t involve clubs and a small dimpled ball.

Photo by Ryan Richardson/The News

“I feel like I was a better baseball catcher growing up,” Hunt said. “If I hadn’t pursued golf, I definitely think I could have made it in baseball somewhere.”

A 2006 graduate from St. Mary’s High School in Paducah, Ky., Hunt followed in his father’s footsteps by choosing to attend Murray State.

“I always wanted to come to Murray because my dad came to Murray,” he said. “I knew most of the golf team here and I knew the program. Every year the team was getting stronger and stronger behind Coach Eddie Hunt (no relation), and I wanted to be a part of that tradition.”

His father, Philip, studied pre-med and eventually became an orthopedic surgeon.

Now Hunt is graduating in May with a degree in biology and a minor in chemistry, two curriculums necessary for a pre-med track.

Like father, like son it seems.

Staying close to home was a huge factor in his decision to attend Murray State because he couldn’t leave the farm behind, Hunt said.

“I’m a hunter,” he said. “I particularly hunt waterfowl, turkey and deer. I spend a lot of free time either hunting, studying or playing golf.”

Any other free time he has is spent hanging and going out with friends, he said.

“We play a lot of Call of Duty,” he said. “I can’t wait for the new one to come out.”

Free time for Hunt, however, is rare. If he’s not busy with the team or in class, he’s working in the microbiology lab or instructing human anatomy as a teacher’s assistant.

Hunt said his greatest moment on the golf team came last year at the Murray State Fall Invitational when he carded a three-round 212, a score good enough to garner first place overall and propel the Racers to another win on the season.

The win, he said, also meant a little more to him than it usually would.

“I was playing really well at the time and the win was big for me,” he said. “What made it even more special was that my cousin was there and playing with me. He had just transferred in and the timing couldn’t have been better. We played every summer together growing up, so it was awesome he was there to see my first collegiate win.”

Also a member of the Tri-Beta Honors Society for biology, Hunt said he will apply for medical school in Fall 2012 and go from there to his future.

Until then, Hunt said he’s happy to be a Racer.

“As far as being at Murray goes, I’ve enjoyed every second,” Hunt said. “I’ve met a lot of people … it’s small, close to home, I love the academics and the golf and I have made great friends. I wouldn’t take any of it back and it’s going to be really tough to leave.”

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