BOWLING GREEN, Ky.— Jacksonville State is atop the standings following the first day of the WKU/Kenny Perry Invitational at The Club at Olde Stone.
The demanding course, the site of two previous NCAA Regionals, played even tougher on Sunday with high winds throughout the day. Gusts reached upwards of 40 miles per hour. Although their was no precipitation, the windy conditions caused the average score to balloon to 83.90. Only 12 players shot below 80 in the opening round.
Jacksonville State shot 305 (+17) in the opening round and holds a ten shot lead over Louisville (315, +27) following Sunday's opening round. Jacksonville State also owns the top two spots on the individual leaderboard. Franco Grillo is the only player in the field to shoot even par after opening with a 72. Teammate Tomasz Anderson is in second place after shooting 74 (+2).
The second round begins on Monday at 9:00am CT while Tuesday's final round begins at 8:00am CT.
PGA Tour veteran Kenny Perry is a former Western Kentucky University Hilltopper and teammates of current WKU golf coach Phillip Hatchett.
Perry was a WKU Men's Golf letterwinner from 1979-1982 before turning pro in 1982. During his illustrious professional career, Perry has tallied 14 PGA Tour wins and over 30 top three finishes and over 100 top ten finishes. His career earnings top $31 million. His career tournament victories include the 1991 Memorial Tournament, 1994 New England Classic, 1995 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, 2001 Buick Open, 2003 Bank of America Colonial, the 2003 Memorial Tournament, 2003 Greater Milwaukee Open, 2005 Bay Hill Invitational Presented by MasterCard, 2005 Bank of America Colonial, the 2008 Memorial Tournament presented by Morgan Stanley, 2008 Buick Open, 2008 John Deere Classic, 2009 FBR Open and 2009 Travelers Championship.
Perry also competed on the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team and then helped lead the U.S. Ryder Cup Team to victory at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville in 2008. Perry was encouraged by his father, Kenny, Sr., to start playing the game at the age of seven. Perry is a member of the WKU Athletic (1994) and Kentucky Golf (2004) Halls of Fame.
WKU stands in 12th place following the opening round. Sophomore Cameron Beal (Bowling Green, Ky.) led the Toppers, shooting an opening round 85 (+13). WKU senior Logan Edelen (Bowling Green, Ky.) had the honor of taking the inaugural event's first shot to open play at 9:00am on Sunday morning off the first tee.
WKU players begin play in the second round at 9:00am off the 10th tee.