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Cooper Musselman Leads Wildcats to Second Top-5 Finish of Season

Kentucky takes fourth place at the Kenny Perry Invitational

Tyler “Chip” McDaniel in the Kentucky State Amateur.
Lexington Herald-Leader

The Kentucky Wildcats traveled to Bowling Green, Kentucky this weekend to compete in the Kenny Perry Invitational.

The Elizabethtown native is a former member of the PGA Tour and currently plays on the Champions Tour. Western Kentucky University, Perry’s alma mater, hosted the invitational for the second consecutive year. Kentucky finished fourth in the tournament, shooting a score of +14 over through three rounds.

Of the twelve teams in the field, Kentucky sat in sixth place after day one. On moving day, they managed to hold their ground and stay in the sixth spot. On Tuesday, however, two members of the Wildcats managed below-70 rounds to move their team to a fourth place finish.

Leading Kentucky was Cooper Musselman at -1 under, tying for fifth in a field of 69 total golfers. Musselman shot 73 and 74 for his first two rounds, but field-low 68 on the final day. His final round consisted of five birdies and just one bogey. The 68 is also his best of the year.

Both tying for eighth at +2 over were Tyler “Chip” McDaniel and Fred Allen Meyer. McDaniel shot 75, 73, and 70. Meyer shot 75, 74, and 69. His 69 tied for the second best round on Tuesday.

Fadhi Soetarso, one of Kentucky’s individuals for the tournament, was +2 over and leading the Wildcats through two days. On Tuesday, however, he shot a +8 over 80 and finished tied for 30th at +10 over. Veteran Stephen Stallings shot 75, 74, and 78 to tie for 32nd place and shoot a total of +11 over.

Kentucky benefited from three under-par rounds on Tuesday by Musselman, McDaniel, and Meyer to make their final push at a top-5 finish. Eastern Kentucky University took the team title, shooting -4 under. Runner up Jacksonville State was followed by home team WKU taking third, Kentucky at fourth, and Cleveland State rounding out the top five.

Billy Tom Sargent of WKU won the individual title with a score of -8 under. Will Sallee of EKU was runner-up, while his teammate Noah Combs and Justin Connelly of Mercer tied for third place. UK’s Cooper Musselman and WKU’s Tom Bevington then tied for fifth place.

The Wildcats will next see the course on October 29th as they compete in the David Miller Collegiate Invitational. The tournament will be a two-day format, taking place in Loxley, Alabama at the Steelwood Country Club.