Sheldon McKnight has tools to become Baylor's next special golfer

Staff file photo by Patrick MacCoon / Baylor's Sheldon McKnight is all smiles after winning the individual TSSAA Division II state golf championship last year at the WillowBrook Golf Club in Manchester on Oct. 13, 2020.

Sheldon McKnight has been a special talent since joining the factory that is the Baylor School golf program.

However, the path to stardom with the Red Raiders came as a surprise to the defending TSSAA Division II-AA individual state champion who is stronger both mentally and physically as he enters his senior season.

McKnight did not start golfing until sixth grade after he hit range balls in the backyard at a friend's house one day after soccer practice. In seventh grade he birdied his final six holes to win a playoff in his first ever tournament, which was in Kentucky.

"I still remember Coach (Gary Patrick) calling my parents and telling them, 'We are super interested in your son,'" McKnight said. "I had always wanted to go to Baylor, but we could never make that happen.