Kizzire named Tour Player of the Year

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. and SEA ISLAND, Ga. – Patton Kizzire of Sea Island, Georgia, was named 2015 Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his fellow competitors, it was announced today by PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem and Tour President Bill Calfee.

The 29-year-old native of Montgomery, Alabama, enjoyed one of the most consistent and impressive seasons in Tour history. He had two victories – the Utah Championship presented by Zions Bank and News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot – which came three weeks apart, in August. In addition to his two wins, Kizzire recorded two runners-up (one in a playoff), a third-, a fourth-, a fifth- and a sixth-place finish. His 12 top-10 finishes were the most by a Tour player of the year since another Alabamian, Stewart Cink, had 14 in 1996, the year he received the Jack Nicklaus Award.

Kizzire racked up $567,866 in earnings in 23 starts, the second-most in Tour history, and led the money list over the final 16 weeks of the year, from his playoff runner-up at the Rex Hospital Open in late May through the Tour Championship in early October.

Over the course of his 81 competitive rounds, he was a cumulative 212-under par and carded just 12 over-par scores. Kizzire led the Scoring Average category with 68.68 as well as Putting Average (1.694) and Birdie Average (4.81), and was second in the All-Around Ranking.

Mercy Pro-Am winners announced

Kevin Rash, Brian Chier, Dave Delahay and Sean Davott fired a 58 as the Steris Corporation-sponsored team won the Mercy Pro-Am on Monday at Hickory Hills Country Club.

The 21-team tournament, part of the Price Cutter Charity Championship presented by Dr Pepper, was rescheduled after rainy weather on Aug. 10 forced a postponement of the morning round.

A Zickel Flooring-sponsored team placed second. Kris Wheeler, Chris Burke, Clyde Simpson and Kelly Troup combined to fire a 63.

Earning third place was a Epic-sponsored team featuring Pat McGuire, Bob Sturgill and Gary Strange. The group fired a 64.

The tournament wrapped up the PCCC summer schedule, but one last announcement is still coming. The annual Celebration of Sharing, in which the PCCC’s overall total raised for 44 Ozarks children’s charities, is scheduled for Dec. 8 at Highland Springs Country Club.