Urbana University announced plans 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 1970s. 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 70s 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.