Break out the cornhole game, the Husky Golf Invitational is coming

The Kikkor Husky Golf Invitational will be played Monday and Tuesday on the Olympic Course at Gold Mountain.

It’s a chance to watch some really good golf and get in a few games of ping pong or cornhole. Husky coach Matt Thurmond and volunteer assistant Scott Alexander, the director of golf at Gold Mountain, know how to throw a golf tournament.

Cornhole? It’s a bean-bag toss game. Great fun. But keep the bean bags (which are filled with kennels of corn) away from the crows. I left a set of bags outside this summer, and the crows feasted on ’em.

Back to golf: Chris Williams of Washington, a member of the U.S. Walker Cup squad, leads the Huskies. The Huskies have had a lot of great players — O.D. Vincent, Troy Kelly, Brock MacKenzie, James Lepp (founder of Kikkor Golf), Nick Taylor — and Williams, the kid from Idaho, might turn out to be the best of the bunch. He was 2-1 in his Walker Cup matches earlier this month and is coming off a remarkable summer of golf.

Williams and Kelly share the Olympic Course record. Kelly shot a 65 during a U.S. Open sectional qualifier; Williams equaled it during the NCAA West Regional in 2010. Williams qualified for the U.S. Open at Gold Mountain a year ago.

Cheng-Tsung Pan, a freshman who is one of the top-rated amateurs in the country, will be making his Husky debut. Charlie Hughes, a junior coming off a solid season, is another top stick for the Huskies.

Defending Pac-10 champ Martin Trainer of USC and teammate Anthony Paolucci, the nation’s top recruit, will also be on display.

So will Cameron Peck of Texas A&M,  a former U.S. Junior Am champ from Olympia.

The local favorite will be Kyle Hurt, a redshirt sophomore from Bainbridge who is now playing for Washington State.

Garrett Clegg, former assistant at Washington, is a first-year coach at WSU. Good luck to Clegg in his new gig.

Casey Martin, the Eugene, Ore., native who sued the PGA Tour (and won) for the right to ride a cart while playing in tournaments, is now in his sixth year as coach of the Oregon Ducks, who won the St. Mary’s Invitational this week in California.

Wonder when the Ducks are going to break out some wild NIKE golf attire? Something to rival the football uniforms perhaps? Could the golf establishment handle it?

Maybe shorts will green and yellow pinstripes or a neon shirt?

Here’s a list of teams that will be participating: BYU, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Long Beach State, Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Pepperdine, San Diego State, Santa Clara, SMU, Texas A&M,UC Davis, USC, Washington, Washington State.

Thirty-six holes on Monday; the final 18 on Tuesday. Stop by. It’s free.

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