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    San Diego Golf Writer Kirk Kenney Winner of "Best Dressed Reporter" Award

    SAN DIEGO, CA - (March 26, 2013) - As a way to raise money for charity, PGA TOUR players, spectators and - even media members - were strongly encouraged to wear their favorite college colors during "University Day" at the recent Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.

    Several media members took part in the "best dressed reporter" contest during the 3rd round of the tournament, but when the dust settled and Farmers Insurance Open judges announced their decision, San Diego Union-Tribune golf writer and San Diego State University (SDSU) alum, Kirk Kenney, was declared the winner.

    Kenney's prize - a $1,000 check from the Farmers Insurance Open made payable to the SDSU college baseball program on behalf of Kenney. Kenney was joined by representatives of Farmers Insurance and the Century Club of San Diego on Tuesday at Tony Gwynn Field to present the check to field's namesake, SDSU head coach and professional baseball Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn.

    "We are pleased to present this check to the SDSU baseball program on behalf of Kirk Kenney," said Mark Toohey, Senior Vice President of Farmers Insurance, sponsor of the Farmers Insurance Open. "Not only did Kirk proudly wear the scarlet, black and gold with dignity and class, he was an inspiration to other golf writers to wear their school colors - all in the name of charity."

    Said Peter Ripa, Farmers Insurance Open Tournament Director and Executive Director of the tournament's charitable sponsor, the Century Club of San Diego, "Kirk is a great ambassador for SDSU and we appreciate his professionalism in writing about the game of golf and his personal efforts in helping to raise money for charity during the Farmers Insurance Open. Go Aztecs!"

    Ripa said that 2013 Farmers Insurance Open, which was held in late January and won by Tiger Woods, generated nearly $2.5 million for local San Diego area charities.

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