Men’s golf wins big

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The Murray State Racers scored a 16-shot lead when they took the championship of the Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-Off in Pineville, Ky.

MSU senior Patrick Newcomb won medalist honors at the event for the second time following his victory at the Wasioto Winds Golf Club in 2010.

The Racers ran away with the title in similar fashion to their win here in 2010 that came by a margin of 40 strokes. MSU was only eight shots off their 2010 winning score.

MSU carded scores of 282-283-288=853 to easily out distance runner-up UT Martin (869) and third place Northern Kentucky (877).

The victory for MSU Head Coach Eddie Hunt marks his 29th win in his 11th season with Racer Golf. Hunt’s teams have won at least twice in all of those seasons except one. MSU has now posted 10 wins in the last four seasons.

“We played exceptionally well especially our two seniors Patrick and Hunter,” Hunt said. “Freshman Preston French had three strong rounds and that helped. This win gives is a lot of confidence going to Louisville in two weeks.”

Newcomb started the final round three shots behind teammate Hunter York, but came from behind to win by two shots. Newcomb had scores of 70-70-68=208, while York was fifth with rounds of 71-66-76=213. Preston French placed eighth with rounds of 69-73-74=216, while Wade Thompson came home with a 19th place showing after scores of 72-74-74=220. Jordan Smith placed 40th with rounds of 78-77-72=227.

The rest of the field included Southern Illinois (878) in fourth place with host Morehead State (882), Cumberlands (882), Lipscomb (887), Bellarmine (889), Transylvania (900) and Eastern Illinois (908) in the top-10. Walters State (916), Southern Indiana (922), John A. Logan (923) and Pikeville (962) rounded out the field of 14 teams.

MSU’s Tyler Brown played the event as an individual and placed 33rd with scores of 76-69-80=225, while Duncan McCormick was 58th with rounds of 77-77-76=230.

The Wasioto Winds course played to a par of 72 and a length of 6,719 yards.

The Racers’ next challenge is the Cardinal Invitational Hosted by the University of Louisville at the Cardinal Club on Sep. 24-25.

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