Tom Kite Jr. - Winning the 1992 U.S. Open Championship on the demanding Pebble Beach course put an exclamation point on the brilliantly consistent career of Thomas O. Kite, Jr. Kite won 19 PGA Tour events and was the first player in tour history to reach the 9 million dollar mark in career earnings. The dollar signs don't say it all about the former University of Texas golfer who, with Ben Crenshaw, led the Longhorns to a pair of NCAA titles in 1971 & 1972. Kite played on 19 National Teams including eight Ryder Cup appearances. He also captained the U.S. Ryder Cup team in 1997 at Valderrama, Spain. Kite won the Vardon Trophy for lowest per round scoring average in 1981 and '82 and was the PGA Player of the Year in 1989. He is currently playing on the Champions Tour where he has finished first ten times since 1999.
Kite was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1995.