The 77th annual Pepsi/Paducah Bank Irvin Cobb Championship was held in July 2013. A Pro-Am tournament preceded the main tournament. The tournament is traditionally comprised of approximately 44 professionals and 88 amateurs. It has the largest amateur prize purse in the state and the second largest professional purse (second only to the Kentucky Open).
“We are very pleased to be able to support such a tremendous golf event in our community,” said Wally Bateman, President of Paducah Bank. “This championship has
a long-standing tradition of bringing in a strong field of amateurs and also brings valuable media attention to Paducah. We are extremely fortunate that we have such capable people on the city’s Golf Commission to continue this historic event and to continue to strengthen it each and every year. Paducah takes great pride in what this tournament adds to our community’s level of respect and Paducah Bank is proud to be a part of such an historic sporting event.”
The professional division of the Cobb is usually made up of local pros and mini tour professionals trying to get to the PGA Tour according to Danny Mullen, Director of Golf and Operations at Paxton Park. “It is sort of like a feeder event for the bigger PGA tournaments,” Mullen said. “Several PGA Tour professionals— including not only Russ Cochran and Kenny Perry, but also Jay Haas, Bob Goalby, Cary Middlecoff, Brad Fabel, Pat Stephens, John Riegger, Tom Wargo, Bob Stone, Robert Damron, Josh Teater—have played in the Cobb before making it to the PGA Tour.”
The amateur field is by far the best and strongest field of any event held in our four-state regional area,” Mullen commented. “All but about a handful of players have a handicap of less than four. It is the premier golf competition to compete in if you are considered ‘a player’ in our area. All the local up-and-coming golfers want to play in the Cobb. Many college scholarship golfers in our area play this event and I see this trend growing after the strong showings by University of Kentucky, Murray State and Middle Tennessee State over the last few years. It is a yard stick to measure oneself by, because the field is always so strong.”