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Tom Kite    

Professional Golfer

Born in Texas, Kite has been one of America's top golfers for nearly 25 years. His consistency as both an individual and a team player has earned him the respect of golf fans across the world, and the title of captain of the 1997 American Ryder Cup team.

Kite grew up on a farm and was introduced to golf by his father. He started playing at age six and won his first tournament at age 11. From the outset, the game captivated him, and his self-confidence inspired him to make a career in golf. He attended the University of Texas on a golf program, where he was coached by the highly respected Harvey Penwick. After some success as an amateur, both as an individual and team player, he turned professional in 1972.

His success led him to over $8 million in prize money and 19 PGA Tour victories, and at the age of 42, Kite won his first and only major championship, the 1992 US Open. Being a relatively small man, he needed to work hard at his swing to get distance off the tee; however, his excellent short game made up for this, and he is responsible for having introduced the trend to carry a third wedge to score well from within 100 yards. He is currently is on the Champions Tour and has won six tournaments since joining it.

In the future, Kite will continue his golf course design work with his son David joining him. Kite will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most professional golfers of the modern era.


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