Throughout their high school careers, Plainview golfers Saxon Ross and Tyler Neher have seen plenty of competition, and played on some of the biggest stages golf has to offer.

Throughout their high school careers, Plainview golfers Saxon Ross and Tyler Neher have seen plenty of competition, and played on some of the biggest stages golf has to offer.

Thursday afternoon, the dynamic duo took another step in their careers together, signing national letters of intent to play college golf.

In front of their coaches, parents, teammates and friends at the Plainview commons area, the Plainview seniors both signed their official commitments to play for the Murray State College Aggies beginning next fall.

Since being members of the Plainview boys golf program, both Ross and Neher have made the state tournament three straight years, winning a state team title in 2015, along with state runner-up team titles in 2016 and 2017.

Last season at the state tournament, Neher registered a fifth place individual finish, with Ross finishing in 14th overall. 

“I don’t think it’s officially sunk in yet to be honest, I’m just speechless,” Ross said. “This just shows all my hard work is starting to pay off. I have gotten to play with some of the best players out there. At the college level though, everyone is going to be good. This is going to prepare me for the next steps in my career.”

Last summer, Ross won the Starburst Junior Golf Classic in Waco, Texas, winning the Open Championship division title after playing on three different courses throughout the tournament.

He won the title in a sudden death playoff on the first hole.

The senior standout also competed at the US Junior Amateur Qualifier at Dornick Hills, where he finished tied for fifth overall, along with competing at the Texas-Oklahoma Open in Wichita Falls, Texas. He also competed in the OJGT/TJGT Red River Shootout as a member of Team Oklahoma.

Neher has also participated in the Red River Shootout during the course of his career, and was busy over the summer competing in multiple tournaments.

Among them was winning the Lakeview Club Championship, winning the championship flight with a 139 total. Ironically, Ross also competed in the same tournament, carding a 150. 

Neher also managed to qualify for the OSA Match Play Finals, after finishing 18th at the Oklahoma Golf Association State Amateur Tournament in Oklahoma City.

“This feels amazing, and it feels like a lot of pressure has been taken off of me,” Neher said about signing. “I can go out there and swing a little more freely now since I don’t have to impress anyone anymore.” 

Ross added he’s grateful for the journey Plainview golf has taken him on, as it has prepared him for what’s to come in the future.

“Being a Plainview athlete has made me better,” he said. “Everyone on the team is good. You have to work for your spot. It’s helped me get ready for college golf.”

Ross added he’s planning on focusing on his basic courses, with hopes of becoming a physical therapist down the line.

As for Neher, he echoed his teammates thoughts, saying he doesn’t take the success he’s had at Plainview for granted entering his senior season.

“Not everyone has gotten to go through what myself and Saxon have gotten to do in our high school golf careers,” he said. “I’ve been blessed with great coaches and great teammates who have helped make this a successful journey.” 

Neher is undecided on his major and plans to focus on basic courses in college.