For many years, Tom Kite was the all-time leading money winner on tour with more than $6.5 million. That was not bad for someone who was legally blind without glasses. Kite was “Mr. Consistency” on Tour, winning at least one tournament, with the exception of 1988, every year from 1981-1990.
Tom grew up at the Austin Country Club course, taking lessons from the renowned Harvey Penick. Kite and Ben Crenshaw were teammates at Texas and led the Longhorns to two national collegiate championships. Tom and Ben shared NCAA medalist honors in 1973.
Tom was leading money winner and Golf Writers Player of the year in 1981 and followed with another leading money winner title in 1989. His other achievements include: Bob Jones Award in 1979; Rookie of the Year Award in 1973; World Amateur Cup team in 1970; Walker Cup Team in 1971; Ryder Cup Teams in 1979,1981,1983,and 1985; NCAA co-champion, with Ben Crenshaw, in 1972; Player Director on Tour Policy Board in 1980-1981; Vardon Trophy winner in 1981 and 1989 and the US. World Cup team in 1984 and 1985. Tom has won additional events on the Champion’s Tour where he still is competitive.
Birthplace: McKinney, Texas
Born: December 9, 1949