SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Turk Pettit is leaving school golf as a national champion.
The senior received his closing school occasion at the 2021 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship, claiming the individual championship at 7 beneath after an even-par 70 Monday within the closing spherical of stroke play at Grayhawk Golf Club.
The Auburn, Alabama, native is simply the second Tiger to say a men’s individual national title, following Charles Warren within the 1997 championship at Conway Farms Golf Club outdoors Chicago.
Head coach Larry Penley, who’s retiring this season after 38 years at the helm of his alma mater, initially had a 35-year plan, however determined to increase his profession to exit with Pettit and the 2021 class.
“I really had a 35-year plan, but then I bring in Colby Patton, who was the son of one of my former players, Turk Pettit and Kyle Cottam. And I knew immediately that those three guys were going to be very special,” Penley informed Golfweek earlier this week. “They have meant a whole lot to our golf program. They’ve all made All-American. They’ve all been great champions. I thought it might be kind of cool to go out with those three. Now Colby and Kyle are going to come back, so I’m gonna go out with Turk and William Nottingham.”
Oklahoma State’s Bo Jin held the individual lead after 54 holes, however struggled for the primary time this week on the difficult Raptor course on Monday. The freshman from Beijing was tied with Pettit on his closing gap, however made bogey on No. 18 to card a 3-over 73, his first spherical over par at the championship.