November 23, 2015

Chalk up South Dakota as the only state in which two brothers can make strong case for best in class. Tom and Curt Byrum were born in Onida, Tom two years after Curt. Each won one PGA Tour event, oddly enough in 1989. Curt is probably better known these days because of his broadcasting duties on Golf Channel, but Tom edges him out with the better record. Curt actually has better local results, winning the 1976, ’79 and ’80 South Dakota Men’s Stroke Play Championship and the 1979 State Match Play. But in time, Tom ascended to the throne. While Curt took home a little more than $1.5 million on the PGA Tour, with 19 top 10s, Tom hauled in more than $6.5 million, with 41 top 10s — good enough to declare him South Dakota’s best Byrum.