Murray State’s Patrick Newcomb has been named The Kentucky Golf Association the 2011 KGA John Owens Player of the Year, marking the first for the Murray State golf program.

Newcomb, a junior from Benton, Ky., compiled points according to how he finished in the KGA’s summer events.

In June, he became the second Murray State winner (Following Chris Wilson in 1992) of the Kentucky State Amateur Championship held in Lexington, Ky. In July, Newcomb teamed with former Racer Josh Rhodes to win the KGA Fred Allen Team Championship in Georgetown, Ky., and tied for low amateur at the Powerbilt Kentucky Open in August in Louisville.

“It’s a dream come true,” Newcomb said. “It’s an honor to receive the award and to have competed with so many great players in the state; it means a lot to get recognized by the KGA.”

“Patrick is a special student-athlete,” MSU Head Coach Eddie Hunt said. “He is a tremendous competitor who strives to play his best each and every time out. All of us associated with Murray State Golf are very proud of him.”

When Newcomb looks back on his magical summer years from now, he’ll no doubt recall the duel with Chris Morris. Newcomb won the battle with birdies on the final two holes to win the Kentucky State Amateur.

“That was an amazing time for me,” Newcomb said. “My Dad (Monty) was caddying for me and to win the state’s biggest tournament, that was just amazing.”

Newcomb will be recognized at the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame Banquet (Dec. 1) in Louisville, Ky., at the Hilton Garden Inn – Louisville Airport.

The KGA John Owens Player of the Year Award is named for John Owens, a member of the Kentucky Golf Hall of Fame and one of Kentucky’s all-time great amateur golfers.

“It was really a thing for me that let me know that I can win on a big stage and compete with the best players in the state. The best part of it was my dad was with me, he got me into the game when I was little and drove me all over the country, so for him to be there was special.”

“This is a major accomplishment in my golfing life,” Hopefully I can continue to improve and use this to keep me driving toward future goals.”

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