DUKE EARNS NATIONWIDE POY HONORS December 21, 2006
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA... Cleveland Golf is pleased to announce that tour staffer Ken Duke has been named the 2006 Nationwide Tour Player of the Year by the PGA TOUR.
Duke won the BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs for his first career win, while finishing on top of the Nationwide Tour money list with total earnings of $382,443 for the 2006 season. He also had nine top-10 finishes with 2nd place finishes at the Palmetto Pride Classic and the Utah Energy Solutions Championship. Duke, a native of Arkansas, played on the Nationwide Tour in 1995, 2003, 2005 and 2006. He spent the 2004 season on the PGA TOUR, where he had one top-10 finish at the Reno-Tahoe Open.
"Being selected by your peers as Player of the Year is the pinnacle and a great way to cap the season off", said Duke. "I can't wait for the season to begin because I have so much more confidence now."
Duke will be awarded the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in recognition of his achievement and will be fully exempt on the PGA TOUR for the 2007 season. Duke will also be invited to THE PLAYERS Championship due to his leading money winner status on the Nationwide Tour.
Based in Huntington Beach, CA, Cleveland Golf is a company that enjoys a strong presence on the PGA TOUR and competitive tours worldwide. Cleveland's staff includes players such as Vijay Singh, Joe Durant, David Howell, and many others. The company was founded in 1979 to produce high quality replicas of classic golf clubs from the 1940's and 1950's but soon became regarded as an innovative producer of original equipment in it's own right. It was acquired by QUIKSILVER, Inc. in 2005 and has remained steadfastly committed to providing "Tour proven, premium golf equipment to passionate golfers at prices that ensure value to consumers." Other Cleveland Golf brands include Never Compromise Putters and Fidra Performance Golf Apparel.