After watching his father Tom Knight reach the pinnacle of success winning the 2013 and 2014 Invitational Shootout Legends Division championships, perennial contender Aaron Knight recently announced his return to The Shootout for the first time since 2014. Long considered the best player to have never won The Shootout, Aaron will return for another shot at glory for the historic 25th edition of the top two-person scramble golf event in the Midwest.
Aaron Knight teamed up with his brother Seth in 2014 and 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. Aaron hopes to find his groove in 2018.
“Seeing Dad make history twice 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 to play really well this year. I’m practicing harder than ever before to accomplish my 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 at such an historic event.”
“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 is ready to tear apart the competition on Saturday at The Shootout.”