By UConn Athletic Communications
Following back-to-back victories in the first two ranking events of the season, former UConn golfer Bob Kearney is the No. 1-rated senior amateur golfer in the country, according to amateurgolf.com and golfweek.com.
Kearney, a 1979 UConn graduate, originally from Hamden, who makes his home in Houston, Texas, has long made a name for himself on the senior amateur circuit as a solid competitor. He won the Texas Mid-AM in 1998 and also the Texas Amateur in 2001. More recently, Kearney won the Harvey Penick Senior Invitational in 2013 and was runner-up in the same event last year. Also in 2014, he captured second place in the Tower Invitational, and he also placed in the top five at the 2013 Trans-Miss Senior. Kearney finished tied for 95th place in the final Golfweek Senior National Rankings of 2014.
This season, however, Kearney started off with a bang, winning the Old Corkscrew Senior Invitational at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Fla., during the first week of January. On a course described as one of the most difficult in Florida, Kearney posted rounds of 77-74-76- 227 to edge Bob Stephens of Indianapolis, Ind., by one stroke.
Kearney hardly had time to savor the victory before posting another one the following week, traveling to the west coast of Florida to win the Kingsway Senior at the Kingsway Country Club in Lake Suzy.
Kearney shot rounds of 71-72-73-216, breaking away from a four-way tie for the lead after 36 holes to defeat K.C. Fox of Sarasota, Fla., by one stroke.
Kearney, who still maintains ties with the UConn golf program, played four years for the Huskies (1975-78).