Led by freshman Will Cox the Murray State mens golf team erased a seven-stroke first-round deficit and won the Tri-State Classic earlier this week at Pickwick State Park.
MSU, which was tied for sixth after round one, shot a final round 282 to win the 10-team event, which was hosted by Tennessee-Martin. The Racers score of 302-295-282 - 879 was seven strokes better than runner-up Southeast Missouri (886).
The 282 in the final round was the best score weve shot in the two years Ive been coaching, said Racer second-year head coach Eddie Hunt. With four holes to play in the final round, all of our golfers were under par, which is outstanding.
Cox, a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School, turned in the best performance of his brief career. His three-round score of 77-72-69 - 218 led the Racers and tied for third overall in the 57-golfer event.
Will played outstanding, said Hunt. We thought Will would be a solid contributor for us in his first season, but you dont expect a a freshman to go out and play the way he did and finish tied for third. Im proud of Will and excited about what he can do the rest of the season.
Cox had plenty of company in the top-10, as two other Racers tied for sixth in the event. Brandon Henson, a senior from Mayfield, Ky., led the tournament after shooting a 71 in the first-round, finished 71-76-72 - 219, while Fountain Run, Ky., freshman Kyle Shirley shot 77-71-71 - 219.
Racer freshman Jamie Frazier of Glasgow, Ky., shot 81-76-70 - 227 to finish tied for 31st, and sophomore Blake Darnell of Cartersville, Ga., shot 77-79-73 - 229 to finish tied for 33rd.