Nixon to Become 37th Member of UU Athletic Hall of Fame
URBANA, Ohio (July 16, 2013) – Urbana University announced plans today to induct former Blue Knight golfer Miles Nixon into its Athletic Hall of Fame in the upcoming academic year. Nixon is undoubtedly the most successful golfer in the history of the men’s golf program that dates back to the 1970’s. He will become the first Blue Knight enshrined as a former member of the men’s golf team, and he will become the 37th member enshrined since the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1987.
Dave Ross, a 1976 graduate of Urbana and current University Trustee and Hall of Fame Chairman, administered the nomination and selection process.
"Miles Nixon has the best résumé of any golfer in our history, including four years at Urbana and the professional involvement that continues today. It's appropriate that Miles will be the first golfer in the UU Athletic Hall of Fame. This sport is an important part of the Urbana athletic heritage."
Nixon was first recruited to play golf at Urbana in 1997 by recent UU Hall of Fame inductee Bill Blazer. As a resident of nearby London, Ohio, the UU former head men’s golf coach and athletic director closely followed the London High School golfer’s career, convincing him to come to Urbana in 1998 to boost his rising program.
Blazer again “recruited” Nixon this past school year during his own UU Hall of Fame induction. Nixon’s former coach spearheaded the efforts to nominate Nixon for induction. According to Blazer, “Miles Nixon was the best golfer in Urbana University history. Also, he was a ‘champion of character’, which he demonstrated by carrying his UU golf bag and the UU colors in many prestigious national public tournaments. Miles always represents UU well”.
As a freshman on Blazer’s squad, Nixon immediately stepped in as the team’s medalist and low-man, posting a scoring average in the upper 70’s and earning the first of his three First Team All-Conference selections. Behind Nixon, the Blue Knights defeated over 70% of their opponents that first year.
In the summer following his freshman season at Urbana, Nixon captured the 1999 Ohio Public Golf Association Junior Championship. The soon-to-be sophomore shot 68-70 to win the 19-20 year old division title.
Over his final three seasons at Urbana University, Nixon continued to refine his game. Serving as team captain in each of his final three seasons, Nixon peaked with a season scoring average just north of even-par as a senior. During Nixon’s last collegiate season, with Coach Blazer still at the helm, the Blue Knights posted an all-time program-best 92-6 overall record in 2001-02. The team’s single season .939 winning percentage remains an Urbana record. None of the school’s 15 current intercollegiate athletic programs have ever matched or exceeded that lofty mark.
Scott Tremayne played alongside Nixon at both London High School and Urbana University. The friend and former teammate had this to say about his playing days with Nixon, “Miles was an extraordinary golfer, but as hard as it may be to believe, he was even a better leader and friend. He always represented Urbana University well while he was a student-athlete, and he continues to champion Urbana as an alumnus. Being inducted into the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame will be a very rewarding and humbling honor for him.”
To this day, no Blue Knight golfer has posted more rounds of even-par or better than Nixon. He finished his career with 11 such competitive rounds, including a school-record 68 (-4) during his final spring in a tournament in North Canton, Ohio in 2002. Also, Nixon was the first Blue Knight to fire an even-par 71 at a home tournament at Woodland Golf Course, Urbana University’s home course at the time. That home course record has been matched twice since then, but never beaten by a Blue Knight.
In addition to his individual records, the three lowest team scores in school history all prominently feature Nixon, and all three came during the final tournament of the season at the conference championships. Nixon had a knack of coming up big in pressure-packed moments, a skill he carried into his early profession as a professional caddy.
Just three years after graduating from Urbana University, Nixon was on the bag for LPGA golfer Birdie Kim as she claimed the 2005 U.S. Open Championship. Partnered on Sunday with Michelle Wie, a 15-year old popular prodigy with a one-stroke lead over Kim, Nixon helped Kim navigate a tricky course on women’s golf’s biggest stage. Kim won her improbable title after holing a miracle birdie from 90-feet away in a bunker on the tournament’s 72nd and final hole (pictured right with Nixon after the shot).
The exciting victory came just 11 months into Nixon and Kim’s golf partnership. The 23-year old Kim had made just 33 career starts on the LPGA tour, and only nine times had she played well enough to make the cut before her stunning victory at the ’05 Open. The 25-year old Nixon toured with Kim on the LPGA tour for awhile after the historic win, but when the run ended, he parlayed his success into a job as a golf professional in Florida. Currently, Nixon is serving as the First Assistant Golf Professional at the Crown Colony Golf and Country Club in Ft. Myers.
The induction of Miles will take place following an Urbana University women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader on Saturday, February 1st. The women’s game tips off at 1:00 p.m., followed by the men’s contest at 3:00 p.m. The induction ceremony is scheduled to begin 45 minutes after the men’s game in the Urbana University Student Center.
If you know someone who you believe would make an excellent candidate for future consideration for the Urbana University Athletic Hall of Fame, visit the school’s athletic website HERE for more information on the nomination process.
Miles is pictured below with the 1999 and 2001 UU men’s golf teams (2nd golfer in the front row of the 1st picture; 1st golfer in the front row of the 2nd picture).