84th Irvin Cobb Golf Championships will be one to remember

Professional Patrick Newcomb, on the first tee in Sunday’s second round of the Irvin Cobb Golf Championships at Paxton Park, finished tied for third – four strokes back of winner Fred Meyer, former player at the University of Kentucky.

While PGA tournaments are being played without galleries and the current pandemic leaves the immediate future of many sports in question, the 84th Irvin Cobb Golf Championship went on as planned – played every year the third weekend in July – to the delight of both players and spectators.

Marshall County native, Patrick Newcomb, was in the final group teeing off on Sunday at Paxton Park Golf Course. Patrick was one stroke back of the leader Fred Meyer, going into the final round at 5-under par. Tied at 66 with Patrick, also playing in the final group was Stephen Stallings.

Patrick finished the Irvin Cobb in a three-way tie for third at 7-under (66-69=135), four strokes behind the 2020 Irvin Cobb Champion Fred Meyer, who finished 11-under par (65-66=131).

Nick Newcomb shot 1-over par on Saturday and 1-under on Sunday (72-70=142) to finish the tournament tied for ninth at even-par among the Pros.

Both Patrick and Nick, PGA Professionals, were outstanding players at Marshall County High School and both went on to play at Murray State University, winning an OVC Championship together in 2010.

Nick won the OVC Tournament individual title twice in 2008 and 2010 and Patrick in 2013 and finished runner-up in 2012. Both earned OVC Golfer of the Year honors – Nick in 2010 and Patrick twice in 2012 and 2013.

Now the two brothers will enter the Murray State Athletic Hall of Fame together in the Class of 2020.

Both brothers have also won the Irvin Cobb Championship – Patrick in 2015 and 2016 and Nick in 2018.

LPGA Professional Emma Talley of Caldwell County, drew large galleries both days of the Irvin Cobb. Talley is the first female to play in the 84-year history of the tournament and she began the day on Sunday at 1-over, seven shots off the lead, playing alongside Professionals Rick Cochran, III and Gabe Wheeler.

She finished the tournament tied for ninth at even par (72-70=142) and made history in the process.

In the Amateur division, Tyler Powell headed into Sunday at even par, tied for third along with six other Amateurs with rounds of 71. He was three shots off the lead of his future Murray State Racer teammate Avery Edwards who finished Saturday at 3-under 68. Powell finished the tournament tied for ninth (71-78=149).

A three-way tie at 3-under between Justin Johns, Avery Edwards and Christian Tooley among the Amateurs on Sunday led to a sudden death playoff with Johns taking the win on the second playoff hole. Johns of South Fulton, Tenn., is a member of the Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, Tenn.) golf team.

Jay Nimmo led the Junior division by four strokes going into Sunday’s round after shooting even par 71 Saturday. Jay was paired with former Marshall County teammate Tyler Powell and Amateur Chase Korte who also shot 71 on Saturday.

Nimmo won the Junior title for the third straight year by 10 strokes, finishing 3-over par (71-74=145). The reigning Kentucky State Champion and Mr. Golf, is heading into his senior season with the Marshals.

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Former Marshall County teammates Tyler Powell (left) and Jay Nimmo were paired together in Sunday’s second round of the Irvin Cobb. Powell is headed to play for Murray State and Nimmo will enter his senior season with the Marshals.

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