It's Official! PGA Pro and 2004 Ryder Cup player Chris Riley will be a special guest and speaker at the 2013 Pacific Invitational. Riley will join head coach Brandon Goethals as the Tigers' special guest on Wednesday, October 30 to participate in the pre-tournament festivities at Stockton Country Club. Riley will play in the College AM, sign autographs, and hold a Q&A with Goethals at the dinner on Wednesday evening.
Riley was a standout golfer at UNLV were he became a four-time all-american, the first four-time all-american in any sport for the Rebels. While a Rebel, Riley played on the 1995 Walker Cup team that took on Great Britain at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. After college, Riley turned professional in 1996 and spent time on the Nationwide Tour. He became a member of the PGA Tour in 1999 and made the top thirty on the money list in 2002 and 2003. During that span, Riley won the 2002 Reno-Tahoe Open. He was a member of the 2004 United States Ryder Cup team and also played on a winning American team in that year's Tommy Bahama Challenge, which is an international match for pros aged 30 and under.
The Pacific Invitational has been one of the premier collegiate golf tournaments in the country since its reinvention in 2006. For the first time in its history, the tournament will be held at Stockton Country Club which is one of the oldest country clubs in the state of California. In addition to its new home, the tournament has moved days as teams will challenge for the tournament title over the course of three days from Thursday, October 31 until a Saturday finish on November 2. All but one past team champion will be in the field in 2013 as Kansas State returns to Stockton to defend their 2012 title against the Tigers who finished one-stroke back in a photo finish last season.