Benefit golf tourney set for Cotton Bowl

By Brady Bauman

For Kansas State fans going through withdrawal from golf, former Wildcats baseball player Jay Kvasnicka has the fix.

Kvasnicka is organizing the Purple Invasion Golf Tournament the morning of the Cotton Bowl at Riverside Golf Club near Dallas on Friday.

The tournament will have a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. and is located north of Arlington and six miles north of Cowboys Stadium — where K-State and Arkansas will meet at 7:30 that night.

Kvasnicka, who lettered as a second baseman for the Wildcats from the 1982-84 and graduated from K-State in 1986, helped organize the tournament as a benefit for the K-State baseball program. The goal is to raise money to help the program purchase a $70,000 sound system for Tointon Family Stadium.

“I think Coach (Brad) Hill has done a great job for the program,” said Kvasnicka, who is currently a business broker in Overland Park. “We just want to support them. They have had some momentum and they are very competitive.

“For a non-revenue sport, it can be tough. Baseball is not the most ideal school-time sport because of the weather and the fact you start the season in late February and it’s still pretty cool then.

“We just want to support (K-State) anyway we can.”

Kvasnicka, who organized a similar tournament during the 2004 Fiesta Bowl festivities, said the weather forecast for Friday’s tournament looks promising with highs in the mid 60s.

“The forecast looks great,” he said. “It should be good for golf and good for the entire gameday for the Cotton Bowl — it looks like a perfect day for K-Staters down there.”

The deadline to register is Monday and the format is a four-person scramble,  costing $65 a person.

Kvasnicka, who is a Manhattan native and played American Legion baseball for the 17ers, hopes to have at least 40-50 golfers in Dallas.

What Kvasnicka hopes will help his cause is that costs are down for this tournament compared to the one at the Fiesta Bowl.

“(The golf course in Arizona) charged us so much to play we had to charge players $125 each,” he said. “Dallas is a little bit different because golfing this time of year isn’t as popular and they were able to cut us a lot better deal.”

For more information and to resgister, contact Kvasnicka at (913) 433-2307.

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