Player Profiles

TOM MCKNIGHT

Birthdate: August 24, 1954

Birthplace: Roanoke, Va.

Age: 51 Ht: 6'1" Wt: 190

Home: Bluffton, S.C

College: University Of Virginia (1976)

Turned Professional: 2001

Joined Champions Tour: 2005

Wins: 1984 Virginia State Amateur 1985 Virginia Open, Virginia State Amateur. 1989 Virginia State Amateur. 1993 Eastern Amateur. 1995 Eastern Amateur. 1996 Cardinal Amateur. 1997 Eastern Amateur. 2001 Calabash Golf Links [Sunbelt Senior Tour], Terra Cotta Invitational.

Player Notes: Worked in the petroleum distributorship business for 20 years and was the former owner of a chain of On The Way convenience stores in the Carolinas after breaking his left arm in a pick-up basketball game. Made decision to leave golf when doctors thought he wouldn't be able to adequately swing a golf club...Biggest thrills in golf were playing for the USA in the World Amateur Team Championship and the Walker Cup...Biggest thrill away from golf was watching the birth of his three children...Lists his family as his heroes for their support over the years and for their persistence in pursuing their own dreams and goals…Runner-up at 1998 U.S. Amateur, losing to Hank Kuehne in the final...Favorites include Jimmy Buffett, Larry Bird, "CSI," "Top Gun" and any Patricia Cornwell book...Favorite golf course is Seminole GC. One course he'd like to play is St. Andrews...An all-district basketball player in high school.

Earned fully-exempt status for 2005 by finishing second at the Champions Tour National Qualifying Tournament at the King and Bear at World Golf Village in Florida. Completed the six-round event 23 under par and finished two strokes behind medalist Mark Johnson. Tied the course record in the final round when he fired a 9-under-par 63, his sixth consecutive sub-par round in the event. Made one start in 2004 at the Constellation Energy Classic, where he tied for 12th playing on a sponsor's exemption.

2005 Champions Tour Summary: tournaments entered - 24; top 10 finishes - 3; stroke average 71.30 (ranked 33rd); money $524,034 (ranked 31st); Best finish, T-3rd Ford Senior Players Championship.