Former Nevada golfer Michael Allen wants to clear something up about the friendly rivalry going on this week between former UNLV and Wolf Pack golfers at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.
"It's not friendly at all," he said with a smile on Wednesday before playing in the pro-am at Montreux Golf and Country Club on the edge of the Sierra. "We want to kick their butt, are you kidding me?"
Allen, who won the Senior PGA Championship in May, is one of four Wolf Pack alumni in the field along with Charlie Wi, Rich Barcelo and Kirk Triplett.
Former UNLV golfers Charley Hoffman, Chris Riley and Bill Lunde also are playing. Riley won the $3 million tournament in 2002 and Triplett in 2003.
"Most of the guys out here, you're friends all the time," Allen said. "But you've got to try to defend the home turf here, us Reno guys. It's important. We want to win out here, certainly beat the UNLV guys."
Allen is trying to become the first golfer to win on the PGA tour after first posting a victory on the senior circuit.
"That's my main goal, to win here, where I went to school. It would be just a wonderful thing," said the 50-year-old who is 0-for-337 on the PGA tour for his career but thinks the senior victory has given him some momentum.
"It was a great thing for me to go out and not get run over by the guys who have beaten me my whole life," Allen said. "My mother said I was a slow learner, she just didn't tell me how slow."