The 2005 Senior PGA Championship
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Jim Ahern

Player Data
  • Birthplace: Duluth, Minn.
  • Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Birthdate: February 25, 1949
  • Age: 56
  • Turned Pro: 1972
Player Notes

Winner, 1999 PGA Senior Club Professional Player of the Year Award, with honor coming after having made a highly successful Champions Tour debut. Ahern earned more than $450,000 in 1999 while competing in just 16 events. Finished 41st on Champions Tour money list in 1999. . . Won 1999 AT&T Canada Senior Open Championship in a two-hole playoff with Hale Irwin. Sank downhill 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th green to force playoff and followed by making winning par putt on second extra hole. . . Was teaching professional from 1994-99 at Executive Golf in Phoenix, a corporate golf outing management firm in which he continues to serve as president. . . Competed on PGA Tour from 1973 to 1975, competing in 60 Tour events. Winner, 1973 Yuma Open, a satellite tour event. . . Competed in 1971 U.S. Amateur and finished in the top 20 at Wilmington (Del.) Country Club. . . Competed in 1972 U.S. Open and missed the cut. . . Best Tour finish was T-9 in the 1973 Quad Cities Open, which was won by left-hander Sam Adams, now a PGA Professional . . . Played at Oklahoma State University with fellow Champions Tour members Mark Hayes and Doug Tewell. . . Was assistant professional (May 1977 to Aug. 1978) at Fargo (N.C.) Country Club before his PGA Tour stint. Returned to Fargo Country Club as assistant from 1980-81 and became head teaching professional (1981-87) at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, site of 1999 U.S. Senior Open where he finished tied for 18th. Owns and operates Executive Golf Ltd., a company specializing in producing golf tournaments and clinics for a growing number of Fortune 500 corporations..

Career Victories

Champions Tour
2 - 1999 AT&T Canada Senior Open, 2003 Music City Championship At Gaylord Opryland

Career Summary

1999 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 16; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 70.42 (ranked 12th); money $478,963 (ranked 41st); winner, AT&T Canada Senior Open.

2000 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average 71.18 (ranked 34th); money $522,565 (ranked 35th); best finish 2nd, Comfort Classic. Was hampered by back problems in the middle of the Year and was forced to miss a month in the summer.

2001 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 74.39 (ranked 32nd); money $831,480 (ranked 24th); best finish, 2nd, Farmers Charity Classic.

2002 Champions Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 29; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.57 (ranked 39th); money $448,417 (ranked 39th); best finish, 5th Bruno's Memorial Classic and Greater Baltimore Classic.

2003 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered -26; top 10 finishes -3; stroke average 71.59 (ranked 46th); money $626,958 (ranked 31st); Best finish, Win Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland.

2004 Champions Tour Summary
tournaments entered - 27; top 10 finishes - 3; stroke average 71.94 (ranked 47th); money $463,243 (ranked 43rd); Best finish, T-3rd Blue Angels Classic.

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