KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Remembering Where They Came From: Curt & Tom Byrum



Bookmark and Share

Curt and Tom Byrum, our Taco John's Athletes of the Week, have come from some very humble beginnings.

"Tom and I grew up in a little farming town of Onida," Curt says, "900 people, our dad was a farmer, our mother grew up on a ranch out there so it wasn't like we were born into a golf family."

But they sure made their family into one. The Byrums have been a part of the professional golf world for quite a while, with Curt picking up nearly 40 top-10 finishes on the PGA and Nationwide tours before turning his attention to the broadcast booth. And Tom has played in over 500 PGA Tour events himself, turning in top-ten finishes in two major championships. The only problem with all that, is their schedules make it pretty tough for them to return to their home state.

"We just don't get back for things," Tom says, "We haven't even been back to Pierre enough, we try to schedule a hunt or two there if we can make it, but it's about every other year it seems like."

South Dakota isn't the only thing the two have been missing.

Despite the similar career choices from both the Byrum brothers, they actually don't see each other that often.

"Not as much as we used to be able to." Curt says, "When we were both on tour together we played a lot of practice rounds together, we occasionally got paired together, so we don't see each other as much as we'd like."

But when they do get together, like last week when they played in a charity Pro-Am at Westward Ho, it's just like old times.

"It's good to see each other when we're around and we help each other with our golf games just like when we were 17, 18 years old so nothing's really changed there," Curt says.

Nothing aside from the venue. They've made quite a run since starting out on a modest 9-hole course in Onida. And even if they can't get back as often as they like, the Byrums know they wouldn't be where they are today without those nine holes.

Follow KDLT Sports at @KDLTSports and KDLT Weekend Sports Anchor Kolbe Nelson at @KolbeNelson for opinions, links, and updates on Twitter. And don't forget to check out the KDLT Sports Facebook Page .
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
Athlete of the Week Archive
     

Late Creighton Goal Sinks State  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D. — Creighton netted a late goal to down the South ...

Coyotes Blank Northern State  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. --Two second-half goals by freshman Lara Boman and a penalty kick by ...

Excitement And Chills Await RFA 17  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  The first sanctioned mixed martial arts ...

Matt Storo Named Sioux Falls East Coach  story with video  Aug. 22

Expectations Rise For SDSU & USD Soccer  story with video  Aug. 22

Opportunity Knocks For Local Fighters At RFA 17  story with video  Aug. 21

Zenner "Freakishly" Good!  story with video  Aug. 21

Cougars Ready To Shock NSIC  story with video  Aug. 21

KDLT Sports Stories
     

Day Care Abuse Victim Improving, Fund Set Up

A fund has been set up for a 4-month-old boy who police ...

SF School Dist. Superintendent Stepping Down

The superintendent of the Sioux Falls School District ...

Morning Crew Takes The Air Guard Challenge  story with video

Have you ever wondered what's it's like to be in ...

Rapid City Businessman Fined For Illegal Workers  Aug. 22

Tribal Officer Fired After Stun Gun Incident  Aug. 22

Ice Bucket Challenge Goes Bigger & Chillier  Aug. 22

Several Groups Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline  story with video  Aug. 22

Two Injured In Tandem Bike And SUV Crash  story with video  Aug. 22

KDLT News Archive
     
Back To Top