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.
The Falcons compete at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championship, held at OMNI Tucson National, May 5-7.
No stranger to Air Force golf, George Koury enters his 13th season as the head coach of the Academy's golf program in 2014-15. 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 Falcon golf team from 1990-1993, serving as team captain and earning MVP honors his final year.
Last season, Koury led the Falcons to their second consecutive fourth-place finish at the Mountain West Championships, tying the best finish at a conference tournament in program history (1993 and 2013). Air Force also captured the title of its own Falcon Invitational for the first time since 2005 and senior Kyle Westmoreland became the first Falcon took win the individual title since 2001.
Koury guided Westmoreland to one of the best careers in program history. He won four tournaments, had three second-place finishes in his career and tied the school record with a 71.7 stroke average last season. He also finished fourth at last year's MW Championships, the best finish at a conference tournament by an Air Force player since 1985, and won the prestigious Patriot All-America Golf Invitational. Westmoreland, one of 84 participants in the tournament, defeated University of Texas senior Toni Hakula on the sixth playoff hole after each finished 54 holes with a five-under par total of 205.
In addition, Westmoreland became the second golfer under Koury to play in the U.S. Publinks when he qualified for the prestigious tournament during the summer of 2012 and was selected to play at the NCAA Regional Tournament each of his last two seasons.
Koury led his team to new heights in 2012-13, producing one of the best seasons in program history. His team won its 16th consecutive Service Academy Classic and shattered the school record for team scoring average by more than five strokes per tournament.
The Falcons also finished fourth at the Mountain West Championships and won the Jackrabbit Invitational with a school-record three-round total of 829, beating the previous school record by 11 strokes.
Koury has found success throughout his stint with Air Force. 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. He has guided Air Force to a total of 13 team wins.
Koury has also been successful in recruiting, bringing in several players that have started as freshmen, including 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, as well as invitations to the NCAA Regionals. Koury has also coached a pair of All-America Scholars in Whitney and 2005 graduate Scott Redmond. Meanwhile, his golfers hold 20 of the 25 lowest individual tournament scores in school history.
Koury graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1993 with a degree in engineering mechanics and was stationed in San Antonio, Texas, serving as a research and development engineer for robotics technologies. In 1996, he moved to Okinawa, Japan, and served as a civil engineer prior to returning to the Academy in June of 1999.
Koury is married to the former Jacki Thomas and has three children, David (13), Hannah (10) and Mary (6).