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3 teams from WKU competing in National Collegiate Golf Championship

Three teams from WKU will be competing this weekend in the National Collegiate Golf Championship in Las Vegas.

WKU students Will Brown and Chris Kendall, both of Bowling Green, are among 53 in the national tournament Friday through Sunday at Silverstone Golf Club. Brown is a sophomore finance major; Kendall is a freshman economics major.

WKU is one of 16 Play Golf America University schools with teams in the student competition. A donation from WKU Hall of Famer Kenny Perry, part of the 2008 Ryder Cup Outreach Program, was used to launch the Play Golf America University program at WKU this fall.

In the Faculty and Staff Division, Matt Morrison and Adam Whitt will be competing for national honors. Morrison and Whitt, both from Bowling Green, are employed by WKU athletics.

The father-son team of Billy and Jacob Hurt, both of Alvaton, will represent WKU in the Alumni and Community Division. Jacob Hurt is a junior interdisciplinary studies major at WKU; Billy Hurt is employed by 123 Wellness Inc.

The WKU teams qualified for the national tournament Oct. 2 at Cross Winds Golf Course.  The 2009 tournament marks the fourth year that WKU has sent teams to the national championships.

In 2006, the WKU faculty/staff team of Gary Meszaros and Peter St. Pierre captured the national championship. In 2007, the faculty/staff team of Steve Nagy and Peter St. Pierre finished as national runner-ups. In 2008, the faculty/staff team of Chris Brown and Jason Owen were national finalists and finished third. (Chris Brown is the father of Will Brown who is competing in the student division this year.)

The National Collegiate Golf Championship (NCGC) is a Collegiate Golf Alliance (CGA) initiative and endorsed by the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). The CGA and NIRSA promote and market the National Championship to more than 750 colleges and universities making this the premier recreational college golf event.  In 2009, there were more than 5,000 participants with more than 400 qualifying for the National Championship. Approximately 250 colleges and universities were represented in local qualifying events, making this CGA and NIRSA event the largest golf event in the country.

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