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Kenny Perry
Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame
TYPE
Meritorious Service
YEAR INDUCTED
2008

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.

Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominate Someone to the Athletic Hall of Fame

To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please forward nomination material to Philip Hutcheson, Lipscomb University Athletics, One University Park Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37204-3951. The formal deadline for nominations is December 1 of the year prior to induction. To nominate an individual for the Lipscomb University Athletic Hall of Fame please provide as much data as possible in support of your nomination.

Nominees must fall into one of three categories with the following criteria taken into consideration:

  • Athlete: Career statistics; Conference, Regional, All-American and National honors; Leadership, service and continued support of Lipscomb University are all taken into consideration for each nominee.
  • Coach: Career record; Length of tenure, number of all-conference, all-region, all-american and scholar-athletes, as well as, impact made on the school. Post Lipscomb success is also taken into consideration for the Coach category
  • Meritorious Service: Truly exceptional contributions and service to the athletic program by one who does not qualify for the athlete or coach category.