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The CLASS OF '95
Jaime Diaz
December 04, 1995
A vintage season is best defined by the achievements of six special players who came up big
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December 04, 1995

The Class Of '95

A vintage season is best defined by the achievements of six special players who came up big

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Nanci Bowen, 28: She broke through at the Dinah, then made five straight birdies in the final round of the Nichirei International to power the U.S. to a come-from-behind victory.

Allen Doyle, 47: A lifelong amateur, he turned pro and finished second on the Nike tour money list, which enables him to become the oldest rookie in PGA Tour history in 1996.

Stewart Cink, 22: The Georgia Tech grad won the Jack Nicklaus trophy for best collegian, then proved he's ready for prime time by making five cuts in six starts on the PGA Tour.

Cristie Kerr, 18: The most coveted recruit in the nation, this high school senior was the Junior Player of the Year based on 11 victories across the country, including wins in the Harder-Hall and Trans-Miss against older players.

East Tennessee State men's team: The Buccaneers, 25th at the NCAAs in June, have won four of five events and are seventh in the nation. Senior Garrett Willis has two individual victories.

Kelli Kuehne, 18: The University of Texas freshman and U.S. Women's Amateur champ won her first college event and is ranked third among women collegians.

Jerry Kelly, 29: After two mediocre seasons on the Nike tour, Kelly had two victories, 15 top-10 finishes and easily won his PGA Tour card with $188,878, a Nike record.

Falling Stars

Fred Couples's back injury gave him a terrific excuse to take it easy, which he did. It marked the first year since 1989 that Couples failed to win in the U.S.

After a second in the season-opening Mercedes Championships and a fourth in Phoenix, Bruce Lietzke disappeared. Maybe the Little League season went extra innings.

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