After watching his father Tom Knight reach the pinnacle of success with his 2013 Invitational Shootout Legends Division championship, perennial contender Aaron Knight recently announced a new partner for 2014. Long considered the best player to have never won The Shootout, Aaron will pair with his brother Seth this year for the 21st edition of the top two-person scramble golf event in the Midwest.
The Knight brothers last teamed up in 2012 when they finished T4 behind Champions Dan Cerny and Kyle Kickert. Long-hitting Seth Knight won the 2012 long drive title, but the brothers struggled to play as teammates. Both hope to find their groove in 2014.
“Seeing Dad make history last year made a huge impact on both Seth and I” said Aaron Knight. “We’ve always felt that the Knight family would win multiple Shootout titles, but I’ll be the first to admit that I expected to be the first to win. I’m expecting Seth and I to play really well this year. I’m practicing harder than ever before to accomplish our goal of winning The Shootout.”
Aaron Knight is no stranger to close calls in the Shootout, losing the 2004 Championship in a sudden death playoff to Joe Hill and Walter Lis. Many players felt that the 2004 defeat left an enduring scar on the psyche of one of the Tournament’s top performers.
“I’m not sure we’ve seen the same Aaron Knight since he lost in 2004” said Joe Hill. “He still shoots consistently in low 70s by himself, but for some reason he’s struggled putting it together on Shootout Saturday. However, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him return to form this year with Seth.”
“There’s a saying in Pennsylvania that a wise man knows better than to poke the bear” said Aaron Knight. “I feel like I’ve been poked for too long and this year the Bear and his brother Seth are ready to tear apart the competition on Saturday at The Shootout.”