Many people do not realize that there are a number of players on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour that are natives/ residents of Colorado. Colorado offers beautiful golf courses, and at least six golfing months out of the year. There is no doubt that there are multiple players who followed there dream to play in the PGA Tour.
At 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, David Duval is considered on of the more known players to have resided in Colorado. David Duval attended Georgia Tech. Duval turned pro in 1993 and has since won 13 PGA Tour events and has 68 Top Ten finishes.. In addition he has ranked 40th in PGA career earnings. In 2012, Duval has only participated in 11 tournaments.
Brandt Jobe, a Kent Denver graduate and Colorado Golf Hall of Fame inductee, was not born in Colorado and does not live here currently. However, he has spent time living in Colorado learning more about the game. Jobe turned pro in 1988 after attending UCLA. Though he has never won, Jobe has 22 Top Ten finishes and is currently 136th in the FedEx Cup rankings. After playing in 16 tournaments and making 8 cuts, Job has already reached a six-figure salary for the year.
In 1993, native Coloradoan, Jonathan Kaye turned Pro. Standing at 5 feet 11 inches and 165 pounds, Kaye has made a name for himself on the PGA Tour. However, Kay has only played in two events since the end of 2010 season. He has 2 PGA Tour wins with 31 Top Ten finishes. Kaye finished his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado in Science to take into the PGA.
The “Walrus”, Craig Stadler currently plays on the Champions Tour, but turned pro in 1976. Stadler, who is almost 60 years old, graduated from the University of Southern California in 1975 and currently resides in Evergreen, CO. In Stadler’s career, he has won 13 PGA Tour events, with 137 Top Ten finishes. On the Champions Tour, he has won 8 events with 52 Top Tens. He is currently ranked 91st in the Charles Schwab Cup.
Stadler’s son, Kevin has also followed his dream to the PGA Tour after graduating from the University of Southern California. Kevin Stadler turned pro in 2002 and has taken 2nd place 5 times. In 197 events, Kevin has 15 Top Ten finishes, three of which are in 2012. With am Official World Golf Ranking of 150, Kevin Stadler is currently sitting in 51st on the FedEx Cup standings.
Martin Laird, who has 2 second-place finishes in 2012, turned pro in 2004. Standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing in at 190 pounds, Laird has two wins and 18 Top Tens. Currently, Laird ranks 23rd in the FedEx Cup standings and is 32nd in the Official World Golf Ranking. With a degree in Marketing, Laird graduated in 2004 from Colorado State University. Laird currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Native, and still a resident, Shane Bertsch turned pro in 1994 after attending Texas A&M University. Though he only has 5 Top Tens in his career, he currently ranks 225th in the FedEx Cup standings and 469th in the Official Golf Ranking. He is ranked 38th in Accuracy on the Tour.
Here are some names that will sound familiar:
Hale Irwin turned pro in 1968 and graduated from the University of Colorado. Irwin has 45 wins and 207 Top Ten finishes on the Champions Tour. In 2012 he is ranked 28th in the Charles Schwab Cup. While on the PGA Tour, Irwin had 20 wins and 165 Top Ten finishes.
Mark Weibe currently resides in Denver, CO and competes on the Champions Tour. He has 3 wins and 25 Top Tens with a Chalres Schwab ranking of 41st. While on the PGA Tour, Weibe had 2 wins and 47 Top Tens. After graduating from San Jose State University, Weibe turned pro in 1981. If you do not see him on the course, he may be found skiing during the winter!
Current resident and winner of one Champions Tour event, Gary Hallberg turned pro in 1980 after graduating from Wake Forest University. Hallberg currently lives in Castle Rock, CO where he occasionally participates in events. He is ranked 22nd in Charles Schwab Cup standings. While on the PGA Tour, he had 3 wins and 38 Top Tens.
Every one of these guys has chased after their dreams, hoping to one day play on the PGA Tour. They have succeeded and now represent Colorado on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Best of luck to each of these players in the future!!