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Written by Matt Burkholder - Fresno State   
Monday, 29 September 2014 00:00

FRESNO - On the day prior to teeing off the first annual Nick Watney Invitational, the 10-year PGA professional appeared at the tournament’s practice round and banquet Sunday at Sunnyside Country Club to greet this week’s participants. For his former team, the ex-Bulldog played nine holes with the Fresno State men’s and women’s golf teams on Saturday and shared collegiate stories and advice on how to be a better golfer.


“I really enjoy coming back here,” said Watney. “I have a lot of great friends and family [in Fresno], and yesterday I had a blast with the team. I was getting a bit nostalgic out there; I can’t believe it’s been over 10 years since I finished school.


“I think Fresno State does a lot of great things here in the valley and when you come here you get embedded in that, and you always want to come back.”


Upon his arrival Sunday, Watney walked the course along with Fresno State men’s head golf coach Chad Spencer, and introduced himself to all the participating teams before the evening’s banquet.


Following the dinner, players and coaches alike were given the opportunity to get to know Watney and hear is insight during a question and answer segment at the end of the night .


“I just want to say thank you guys for coming out,” said Watney to the crowd in attendance. “This is a very humbling thing for me."


Fans are invited join the Bulldogs and Watney at Sunnyside Country Club as the first annual Nick Watney Invitational tees off with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start on Monday morning. The 10-team field will play 36 holes on the way to Tuesday’s final round that will crown the inaugural champion.


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