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2014 Kitna Wildcat Classic Sets Records

Kitna, far right, and friends at the 2014 Kitna Wildcat ClassicJon Kitna was a record-setting quarterback when he played at Central Washington University. The university golf tournament named in his honor is following suit.

The 2014 Jon Kitna CWU Wildcat Classic, presented by Wells Fargo, was held Thursday, July 10, at Suncadia in Cle Elum. A beyond-capacity record total of 289 golfers played on the Prospector and Rope Rider courses.

“Selling out a tournament is an incredible feat,” said Kitna. “We’ve reached a milestone and, hopefully, we can all begin to explore ways we can support CWU athletics in its drive to be a perennial contender across the board in athletics.”

Net revenues were also 50 percent higher than the previous tournament record. Proceeds came from corporate and hole sponsorships, entry fees, course contests and contributions made during the banquet and awards ceremony, which was sponsored by U.S. Bank. The money will be used to further enhance the CWU student-athlete experience. 

“The pride our alumni and friends have in Central, and the fun they have at the tournament, is key,” said Dennis Francois, CWU athletics director. “They come to play as a way to support the university and to connect and reconnect with fellow Wildcats. In addition, our alumni and supporters introduce their friends to the university through the tournament, who then also come to understand that Central is truly a special place.”

Wildcat Club President John Delaney added, “It [the tournament] creates a real sense of community among alumni, former athletes and friends of the university. It gives everyone a chance meet our students, coaches and members of the administration, and get a good feel for what’s going on at the university.”

The Wildcat Club is the official booster club for CWU athletics and has been instrumental to the founding, development and growth of the Kitna Wildcat Classic.

The 2015 tournament is tentatively scheduled to be held at Suncadia on Thursday, July 9.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Department of Athletics, 509-963-1487,

Photo caption: Kitna, far right, and friends at the 2014 Kitna Wildcat Classic

July 11, 2014