Two-day tournament begins Monday
AFA already has two top five finishes this spring
Kyle Westmoreland wins individual title
Play suspended midway through second round
Tournament in Primm, Nev.
No stranger to Air Force golf, George Koury is in his 15th season as the head coach of the Academy's golf program. Before taking over the program as head coach in 2002, Koury spent three seasons as an assistant, working with both the varsity and the junior varsity programs. He was also a member of the Falcons' golf team from 1990-93, where he served as team captain and earned MVP honors in his final year.
Koury began his head coaching career at the start of the 2002-03 season, when he took over for legendary coach Gene Miranda, who had spent 25 years at the helm of the Falcons' program. The transition from assistant to head coach was seamless for Koury.
Koury has found success throughout his stint with Air Force. The Falcons shattered the Academy record for team scoring average by more than five strokes per tournament in 2012-13, while also posting a school-record three-round total of 829 -- a score that bettered the previous record by 11 strokes -- during a winning performance at the Jackrabbit Invitational.
The Falcons finished fourth at the Mountain West Championships during back-to-back years (2013, 2014) to match the best team finish at a conference tournament in program history. He also coached Kyle Westmoreland to a fourth-place individual finish in 2014, which was the best conference finish since 1985.
He has helped the Falcons continue their unprecedented dominance at the annual Service Academy Golf Classic, bringing home the championship trophy in each of his seasons at the helm of the program. In the fall of 2005, Koury helped guide Air Force to a first-place finish at the season-opening Falcon Invitational, marking the team's first outright championship at its own tournament since 1969. Air Force, which claimed another Falcon Invitational title in 2013, has recorded 13 team wins under Koury's leadership.
Koury has also been successful in recruiting, bringing in several players that have started as freshmen, including Westmoreland, 2007 graduate Tyler Goulding, who ranks among the most successful golfers in Academy history, and 2010 graduate Tom Whitney, a participant in both the 2009 U.S. Publinks and U.S. Amateur Tournaments. Koury guided both Goulding and Whitney to all-conference honors, while Goulding, Whitney and Westmoreland all qualified to the NCAA Regional Championships. Koury has also coached a pair of All-America Scholars in Whitney and 2005 graduate Scott Redmond. Whitney has continued to excel on the course, post-graduation, collecting four professional wins.
Meanwhile, Koury's golfers hold 20 of the 25 lowest individual tournament scores in school history.
A constant supporter of the game, Koury has served as numerous committees for the Golf Coaches Association of America, including the chair of the Coach of the Year committee and Division I representative to the CGAA Board.
Koury graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1993 with a degree in engineering mechanics. Following graduation, he was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as a research and development engineer for robotics technologies. In 1996, he moved to Okinawa, Japan, and served as a civil engineer until returning to the Academy in June of 1999.