Story by Bryan Edwards, Staff writer
The Murray State men’s golf team put together a fourth-place finish in the Grover Page Classic at Jackson Country Club.
Freshman from Murray Matt Winder placed seventh individually, leading the team. Winder finished 4-over-par including a 1-under-par second round on the first day of play. Winder also finished the tournament with 16 birdies, leading the field.
The Racers finished the tournament 36-over-par and with a final score 900.
Head Coach Eddie Hunt said he thinks the team is improving given its youth.
“Coming into the year, I knew it was going to be a rebuilding year,” Hunt said. “We had four seniors that played every match for the last few years, and now I have three or four freshmen that are playing well this year, but with youth comes inconsistency.”
Gabe Wheeler, a sophomore from Sikeston, Missouri, finished 17th in his outing, shooting 10-over-par.
The remainder of the Racers finished in the top 45. Avery Edwards, freshman from Paducah, Kentucky, finished 23rd; Austin Knight, freshman from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, finished 28th; Matthew Zakutney, senior from Paducah, Kentucky, finished 30th and Lance Davis, sophomore from Mayfield, Kentucky, finished 45th.
The Racers will be traveling to Fountains Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida, for their next tournament in the FAU Slomin Autism Championship.
Fountains Country Club is the home of the PGA Tour’s Honda Classic Tournament every year.
Hunt said his team is excited to play on a championship level course.
“We’re going to have to be on our toes for this tournament,” Hunt said. “The field is a lot stronger than others. We want to have a good showing down there and it’s one of the best tournaments in the country. There are some highly ranked teams in the field so we really need to perform or we will fall back.”
The tournament begins on Friday, March 23, with play concluding on Sunday, March 26.