Kite Sets New Gold Standard


Tom Kite shot a final-round 67 to hold off Allen Doyle by one shot for the title at the Gold Rush Classic at Serrano Country Club on Sunday. Kite finished at 22-under to tie the all-time Senior Tour record for lowest 54-hole score in relation to par.
Ray Floyd was the first to reach the mark at the 1993 Gulfstream Aerospace Invitational. Ed Dougherty, who shot 66 Sunday to finish alone in third at 18-under, matched the 22-under in winning the TD Waterhouse Championship in May.
Kite's three-day total of 194 established a new tournament record for the Gold Rush Classic and was just one stroke off the tour record.
The victory was the first of the year for Kite, who captured two titles in his rookie season on the elder circuit in 2000. He collected $195,000 Sunday for his third win.
Doyle, who twice tied Kite for the lead in the final round, closed with a bogey-free 63. A two-time winner this year with 15 top-five finishes, Doyle moved past Bruce Fleisher into first place on the season money list with the runner-up check for $114,400.
Don Pooley, making his fourth start after turning 50 in late August, carded a flawless 65 to tie Walter Hall (66) and Bruce Lietzke (67) for fourth place at 17-under.
Hall, whose Sunday scorecard featured three birdies, two eagles and a bogey, earned his first win in 136 starts at last month's Canada Senior Open, while Lietzke already has five top-four showings including two victories in just eight Senior Tour events.
Defending champion Jim Thorpe, who set the previous tournament record of 195 last year, had a 68 for seventh place at 16-under. Television golf commentator Gary McCord finished at 15-under after shooting 67.
Fleisher and 1996 Gold Rush winner Jim Colbert rounded out the top-10 at minus-13.
Full-field scores from the Gold Rush Classic