Christy Kite, the wife of 1992 U.S. Open Champion Tom Kite, passed away at age 63 yesterday after a three-year battle with cancer.
Golf Channel noted her passing during its broadcast of the Mitsubishi Electric Championship from Hawaii on Saturday night and shared an email Tom Kite sent to friends, which read in part:
“Last night the good lord took my girl away from all the pain and grief of this world to be with him … Christy fought a long tough battle, but cancer is a formidable, unrelenting foe. She lived a good life, and she would like for you to celebrate her life along with us.”
The Austin American-Statesman's Kirk Bohls reports Christy was a fine player as well and competed in college at Arizona State.
Tributes to her poured in throughout the day on social media:
The Champions Tour family mourns the passing of Christy Kite last evening. Our thoughts and prayers go to Tom and the entire Kite family.— Greg McLaughlin (@TWFGMac) January 24, 2015
Christy Kite died Friday in Austin form cancer. She was a brave, kind woman who helped me immensely so many times. http://t.co/QkKKpTYK2B— Kevin Robbins (@kdrobbins) January 24, 2015
Sympathies to Tom Kite and his entire family as his wife, Christy, passes following a long battle with cancer.— Dottie Pepper (@DottieandBogey) January 24, 2015
Thoughts and prayers w/ Tom Kite, his son David, and daughter Stephanie on the passing of their beloved wife and mother, Christy #tooyoung— Jimmy Roberts (@JimmyRobertsNBC) January 24, 2015