Billy Kratzert Speaker
Professional Golfer and Sportscaster
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William August Kratzert (born June 29, 1952) is an American professional golfer and sportscaster, who has played on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
Kratzert was born in Quantico, Virginia when his father was in the service but spent most of his youth in Indiana. His father was head pro for over 20 years at the Fort Wayne Country Club. He attended the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia and was a distinguished member of the golf team - an All-American in 1973 and 1974. Kratzert graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in 1974. He turned pro in that same year and joined the PGA Tour in 1976.
Kratzert won four PGA Tour events in his career. His most successful years in professional golf were 1977-1980 when he finished in the top-12 on the money list in three of those 4 years. Kratzert's best year for Majors was 1978, when he finished with a T-5 in The Masters and a T-6 in the U.S. Open. His career earnings exceed US$1.4 million. He continued to play on the PGA Tour until 1997, when he went to work as a television golf commentator.
Since turning 50 in June 2002, Kratzert has played some on the Champions Tour, but the main focus of his work continues to be as a course reporter for various media outlets including CBS, ESPN, TNT and the PGA Tour Radio network.
Kratzert was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1993. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his wife and three children. His sister, Cathy Gerring, is also a professional golfer and has won three times on the LPGA Tour.
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