BOWLING GREEN, Ky.- For the first time in recent program history, WKU Men's Golf will play host to a home tournament in Bowling Green when WKU hosts the WKU/Kenny Perry Invitational at The Club at Olde Stone, Oct. 14-16.
The 54-hole event will begin Sunday morning at 9:00am CT with staggered tee times for the opening round of play. The second round begins on Monday at 9:00am CT while Tuesday's final round begins at 8:00am CT.
"We are very excited to be hosting the WKU/Kenny Perry Invitational this weekend," said head coach Phillip Hatchett. "We are very lucky to have an elite course in Bowling Green like The Club at Olde Stone that will provide a great challenge to the 12 teams participating in the event. We have attracted some outstanding teams from around the region and are look forward to hosting them here in Bowling Green this weekend for our inaugural event."
PGA Tour veteran Kenny Perry, a former Hilltopper, was a collegiate teammate of Hatchetts.
"Kenny Perry has meant so much to our program," said Hatchett. "He has put together an outstanding professional career, including being able to win the Ryder Cup here in his home state. We hope the success of this tournament is a reflection of the success that Kenny has had on the course. We are honored that he was willing to put his name on our home golf tournament. The success that Kenny has had over the years is what each of our golfers is striving to achieve."
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.
The WKU/Kenny Perry Invitational marks the third of five fall tournaments for the WKU Men's Golf team.
The Hilltoppers have posted two top ten finishes in their opening tournaments of the season including a event best fifth place finish at the Marshall Invitational in Huntington, W. Va. earlier this year.
Sophomore Cameron Beal (Bowling Green, Ky.) owns the Hilltoppers' best finish of the 2012-2013 campaign with a third place finish at the Marshall Invitational, including a second round career best 66. Beal currently leads the team with a stroke average of 71.67 per round this season. Senior Will Beard (Bowling Green, Ky.) owns the second best stroke average on the squad at 72.83. Beard led WKU in the Cardinal Intercollegiate in Simpsonville, Ky. in late September, finishing 19th at two over par.
The Club at Olde Stone is designed by Arthur Hills and opened in 2006. The course features bentgrass fairways and greens.
Bowling Green has become one of the nation's premier sites for collegiate golf competition. In the spring, WKU hosted the Bowling Green Regional of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at Olde Stone Country Club. The school also hosted the regional in 2009.