Chilton County’s Knight finishes second at state golf tournament

Published 1:38 pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chilton County High School golfer Forrest Knight finished second in the Class 5A state tournament.

Knight parred the course, with a score of 72, in the tournament’s first round of Monday. He followed that up with a 3-under 69 on Tuesday.

The score was behind only Robby Shelton of St. Paul’s, whose score of 11-under after two rounds set a state record, according to CCHS coach Mark Knight.

The tournament was played at the Robert Trent Jones course in Florence, one of the home courses of the University of North Alabama golf team, which Forrest Knight will be a member of next season.

Knight recorded a triple bogey during the first round, but other than that slip-up and a couple of three-putts on Tuesday, Mark Knight said his son played about as well as he could.

Forrest Knight averaged a 69.5 during the section, sub-state and state tournaments.

“He struggled a little bit early in the year, but he had a pretty good run here at the end,” Mark Knight said.

Still, Forrest Knight wasn’t entirely happy with his performance.

“It was his last tournament, and he wanted to win,” Mark Knight said. “He works hard, and it payed off for him.”

The result qualified Forrest Knight for the Alabama Golf Association’s Men’s State Amateur on June 6-9 at the Hoover Country Club. Knight will compete against the top amateurs in the state regardless of age.