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P.J. Throckmorton was honored recently with a retirement reception by the Campbellsville University athletics department after completing his final season as men's head golf coach.
Throckmorton spent six years as the golf coach, three of those in a dual role as men's and women's coach. During his tenure at Campbellsville, he took the fourth men's team in Tiger history to the NAIA Golf Tournament this season. The Tigers won the NAIA Region XI Tournament to qualify for the nationals in what was the final year of the regional tournament format.
"When I came here with the golf team, they were 14th in the Region in 2002 and now that I'm leaving we went to the national tournament," Throckmorton said upon reflecting back over his career. "But a more important thing is to see these players come and the part of their life they left with me and I hope that I left as much with them as they did me.
"We had a couple of young men, one who gave his life to Christ, and another who rededicated his life to Christ just within the last season and that speaks more to me than winning all of those tournaments that we won during my time here."
During his six-year tenure, Throckmorton's teams won 14 regular tournaments, were runners-up in 24 other tournaments. He led Tiger golf to five Mid-South Conference Tournament wins and three more runners-up trophies in the MSC Tournaments. There were also overall MSC Men's Championships won in 2006 and 2008 and a runner-up overall MSC finish in 2007 along with this year's regional title and two men's regional runners-up honors.
"It's been a great run," Throckmorton said, though he isn't quite sure what the future holds. "Right now, I'm taking a leap of faith and waiting on God's direction, but the time is just right to make this move."