Player
Kurt KITAYAMA
USA

Height: 170CM

Weight: 75.0KG

Birthdate: 1993/1/14

Birthplace: Chico, California, USA

Family: Single

Turned Professional: 2015

PROFILE
RESULTS
SCORECARD
STATISTICS

Other Victories (2)

2018 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open [SAf]

2018 PGM Darulaman Championship [Asia Dev]


Season Highlights 2018

Maintained his 2019 playing PGA TOUR Series-China privileges by finishing 50th on the Order of Merit despite playing only three events. Made one PGA Tour of Australasia start and made the most of the opportunity, posting a T4 in New Zealand. Played in seven Asian Tour tournaments, playing on the weekend in all seven and earning one top-10.

 

Tournament Highlights

Changsha Championship: Took a three-shot lead into the weekend at Hunan Dragon Lake International GC, after opening 69-65. Despite a third-round 75, still kept a share of the lead, with Chiehpo Lee with 18 holes to play. Started slowly Sunday, with three bogeys in five holes and then two closing bogeys, at Nos. 17 and 18, to shoot a second consecutive 75 to fall into a T3.

 

Other Tournament Highlights 2018

Royal Cup: Had a solid week at the Phoenix Gold G&CC in Pattaya, Thailand. Stayed in contention all week, shooting a pair of 67s on the weekend to T2 with three others, a distant six shots behind winner Justin Harding.

ISPS Handa New Zealand Open: Stayed in contention all week in New Zealand’s national open, with a 68-65 start that left him five behind leader Terry Pilkadaris with 36 holes to play. After a third-round 66, fell even further behind—nine strokes—but settled for a T4 with David Brandson and Callan O’Reilly after a final-round 65.

Asia Pacific Diamond Cup Golf: Finished T4 on the Japan Golf Tour. Despite four par-or-better rounds, finished eight shots behind winner Yuta Ikeda.

AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open: Won on the Asian Tour for the first time when he took a two-shot lead into the weekend in Mauritius and hung on for that same two-stroke triumph over Seenappa Chikkarangappa and Matthieu Pavon. The victory moved him inside the top 200 (No. 198) in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career.

PGM Darulaman Championship: Opened with a 63 in January on the Asian Development Tour, added a pair of 70s in the second and final rounds and shot a 64 in the third round to edge John Catlin by two shots. The victory was his first as a professional.

 

Season Highlights 2016

Finished the Web.com Tour season with nine starts and two made cuts. Was 153rd on the Regular Season money list. Best finish was a T13. Also made three Mackenzie Tour appearances in Canada, with a T12 his top showing.

 

Amateur

-Finished T3 at the 2009 Callaway Junior World Golf Championships against an outstanding international field on a PGA TOUR venue, Torrey Pines (South Course).

-Was the Northern California Player of the Year for the Junior Golf Association of Northern California in 2009 and was on the Junior America's Cup team in 2009 and 2010.

-Played on the U.S. Hogan Cup teams in 2009 and 2010.

-Named to the Academic All-Mountain West Conference team three consecutive years at UNLV. 

-Earned his first career individual title as a junior at the Jackrabbit Invitational, with a season-low, 54-hole total of 7-under 209. Led the team in scoring average with 72.59. Earned All-Mountain West and Ping All-West Region honors.

 

Personal

-Older brother, Daniel, played golf two years at Hawaii-Hilo.

-First hole-in-one was on a par 4, the 16th hole at Southern Highlands GC.

-Eats candy the night before every round as a superstition.

-Not many people know that he played basketball in high school.

-Would like to trade places with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for a day because “he is a very successful man and an incredibly hard worker.”