Shawnee State golfer BJ Knox rallied with back-to-back birdies on the final two holes to force a playoff, but came up short to Thomas More’s Kyle Alexander at last week’s Mid-South Conference Fall Invitational golf tournament at Bowling Green Country Club in Bowling Green.
Knox shot a one-under par 71 on the final day, which followed a 2-under par 70 in the opening round and made him one of only three players – along with Alexander and Thomas More’s Dakota Finn – to finish with two under-par rounds.
In the playoff, Knox bogeyed the first playoff hole and Alexander’s par was enough to make him the tournament medalist in the field of 54 players.
Knox’s runner-up finish sparked the Bears to a fourth-place finish behind tournament champion Lindsey Wilson, Cumberland (Tennessee) and The Cumberlands (Kentucky).
Behind Knox, Elijah McCarty and Jordan Hughes posted solid finishes for the Bears. The duo each shot 80 in the final round to finish in a tie for 23rd and a tie for 32nd, respectively, with their 10-over 154 and 12-over 156 scores over 36 holes.
Steven Zimmerman, who shot an 82 on the final day, collected a two-day 161 to tie for 41st overall and Patrick England and DJ Graham both shot 80s on the final day, collecting two-day totals of 163 and 164 to finish in 44th and 45th, respectively.
The tournament marked the final competition for the SSU men’s golf program this fall with the Bears capping off one of their more successful seasons in school history by notching a top-five as a team in every event.
Shawnee State captured three first-places, a second place and two fourth-place finishes as a group.