Brown Summit, NC
- Birthplace: Reidsville, NC
- Residence: Brown Summit, NC
- Age: 55
- Turned Pro: 2007
Champions Tour Victories
(4): 1989 North Carolina State Amateur. 2006 North Carolina State Amateur, North Carolina Mid-Amateur. 2007 Tarheel Classic.
2012 Champions Tour Money and Position
2012 Champions Tour Best Finishes
ACE Group Classic. 3--
Insperity Championship presented by United Healthcare.
Champions Tour Best Round
65 at Round 1, ACE Group Classic.
Champions Tour Highlights
Finished T3 at The ACE Group Classic after earning medalist honors at the event's open-qualifier at Old Corkscrew GC (67). Was one of only three players to post three straight rounds in the 60s at TwinEagles, including a 69 Sunday in breezy conditions. Peformance was his best in a Champions Tour event since finishing T3 at the 2011 Principal Charity Classic...Was solo third at the Insperity Championship, four strokes back of winner and good friend Fred Funk, after carding a final-round 70 on the Tournament Course at The Woodlands CC. Trailed by one stroke through 36 holes after making nine birdies and two double bogeys in his Saturday round.
Career Best Champions Tour Finishes
2011: For the second consecutive year, finished just outside the top 30 money-winners but at 34th, still managed to improve one spot from his previous season...Shot 66-65 on the weekend to finish T3 at The Principal Charity Classic, his best Champions Tour effort since his victory on the circuit in 2009. Final-round 65 at Glen Oaks included a 5-under 31 on the back nine...Was one of just two players (Barry Lane) to post four straight sub-par rounds at Walton Heath and finished T7 at the Senior British Open. It was his best performance in a major since his runner-up showing at the 2008 JELD-WEN Tradition...Added another top-10 finish with a T10 effort at the Montreal Championship... Posted the low round of his Champions Tour career when he fired an 8-under-par 64 in the opening round of the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn where he would finish T15. 2010: Played in every event he was eligible for and both top 10s came in his first two starts...Made his first appearance in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai and finished T6 in Hawaii, posting three straight rounds in the 60s on the Big Island...After returning to the mainland, was T4 at The ACE Group Classic, firing rounds of 68-69 on the weekend in Naples, FL. 2009: Nearly duplicated his 2008 earnings, winning just $367 less than he did a year earlier...High point of his Champions Tour career came in his first start. Had a two-putt birdie on the 54th hole, which gave him a one-stroke victory over Fulton Allem at the Allianz Championship. Posted rounds of 67-68-66 at The Old Course at Broken Sound on the way to his win in Boca Raton, FL. Hit a 5-iron from 198 yards to within 25 feet and two-putted from just off the fringe for the win. In doing so, became the earliest first-time winner of a Champions Tour event since Dave Barr won the 2003 Royal Caribbean Classic...Followed win at Boca Raton with a T7 performance at The ACE Group Classic. 2008: One of the big surprises on the Champions Tour...Began the year as a non-exempt player after successfully earning the right to open qualify via the National Qualifying Tournament, but parlayed success in those qualifiers along with some strong showings in several tournaments to finish 29th on the final money list in 21 starts...Top performance came in August in Oregon when he finished three strokes back of Fred Funk at the JELD-WEN Tradition despite posting four straight rounds in the 60s at The Crosswater Club. Performance at Sunriver vaulted him into the top-30 money-winners where he would remain through the end of the campaign...Open-qualified for the Regions Charity Classic in mid-May and trailed Andy Bean by one stroke after 36 holes before finishing solo fourth at Ross Bridge near Birmingham, his first top-five finish on the Champions Tour...Finished T5 at the National Q-School in the fall of 2007 to earn the right to open qualify at Champions Tour events in 2008...In all, open-qualified seven times during the season. 2007: Made 10 appearances on the Champions Tour, including seven through open qualifying at co-sponsored events. Earned $52,684, with his best outing a T33 at the Senior PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, SC...Also qualified for the U.S. Senior Open (T47) and Senior British Open (missed cut)...Won the Tarheel Classic on the Sunbelt Senior Tour...Earned the right to open qualify at Champions Tour events after finishing T22 at the National Qualifying Tournament at TPC Eagle Trace in the fall of 2006.
Attended the University of North Carolina...Owns a packaging company and is a partner in a plastic-recycling business...Lists Winged Foot as his favorite golf course...Favorite entertainer is John Wayne and reads anything by John Patterson...Arnold Palmer is his favorite athlete...Appeared on the January 12, 1962 cover of Golf World as a 5-year-old after attending the annual Christmas golf outing at Pinehurst in North Carolina.