Tom McKnight

About Tom McKnight

A nasty broken arm that occurred during a recreation-league basketball game changed the path of Tom McKnight’s golf career. He played little junior golf before entering the University of Virginia in 1973 and not much state-wide amateur golf during his college days. He turned professional after graduation in 1976 and played mini-tour golf until the fateful injury in 1980.

A petroleum salesman from Galax, McKnight regained his amateur status in 1983, and in 1984 he won his first VSGA events: the Four-Ball with Bobby Clark and the VSGA Amateur. A year later he repeated in the Four-Ball, this time with Allan Strange, and the VSGA Amateur. He also won the first merged State Open of Virginia and the VSGA Mid-Amateur.

He went on to win a third straight Four-Ball (with Strange again) in 1986 and his third Virginia Amateur in 1993. The last of his nine VSGA victories came in the 1996 Mid-Amateur.

Crowning Moment…

McKnight was the runner-up in the 1998 U.S. Amateur Championship, falling 2 and 1 to Hank Kuehne in the title match.


VSGA championships for McKnight, ranking him seventh on the all-time wins list


Year McKnight earned stroke-play medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Championship at The Homestead


Times McKnight was named to a worldwide amateur team by the USGA (1998 U.S. World Amateur Team and 1999 U.S. Walker Cup team)


McKnight’s finish at the 1999 Masters

Achievements & Media

Special thanks to the USGA, PGA Tour, VSGA, MAPGA, WVGA and inductee family members for contributing photos and videos to this project.

Date of Birth: Aug. 24, 1954
College: University of Virginia
Tournaments won (VSGA):
1984 – VSGA Amateur, VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play
1985 – VSGA Amateur, State Open of Virginia, VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play, VSGA Mid-Amateur
1986 – VSGA Four-Ball Stroke Play
1989 – VSGA Amateur
1996 – VSGA Mid-Amateur

Last player to win the VSGA Amateur and State Open of Virginia in the same year (1985)
Joined Keith Decker and David Partridge on the Virginia team that won the first USGA State Team Championship in 1995
Won three Eastern Amateurs, a Cardinal Amateur and the Terra Cotta Cup
Finished runner-up in the U.S. Amateur in 1998; was medalist in the 1988 U.S. Amateur at The Homestead
Rejoined professional ranks after turning 50 and won nearly $2 million in six years on the PGA Champions Tour
Served on the VSGA Board of Directors