In the history of Lipscomb Athletics, few individuals have contributed more to Bison athletes than professional golfer Kenny Perry. His Christian example, financial generosity, and exemplary loyalty have all shown the Lipscomb family that Godly men can succeed in professional sports; and it all began with a promise.
As Kenny worked to earn a spot on the exclusive PGA tour in 1985, hometown friend Ronnie Ferguson, a 1962 Lipscomb graduate, aided the young golfer with the assurance that Kenny would donate a percentage of his winnings to Lipscomb University. In a remarkable show of integrity, Kenny and his wife Sandy, a 1981 graduate, continue to honor the handshake deal made more than 20 years ago. To date, Kenny has captured 12 professional golf championships and become a fixture at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2006 he became the tenth man to reach the $20 million mark in PGA earnings. In September 2008 Kenny enjoyed “one of the most memorable weeks of my life,” leading the United States to the Ryder Cup Championship in his home state at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the years Kenny and Sandy Perry have proven to be inestimable supporters of Lipscomb, giving liberally to the golf program and endowing scholarships for Simpson County, Kentucky students wishing to attend Lipscomb.
Kenny Perry will be remembered as one of America's most well-known and successful golfers, but the Lipscomb family will forever know him as a shining example of a Christian man whose word was as true as his talent.