Corr named Hooters Tour player of the year

Jeff Corr won two Hooters Tour events this season and finished in the top 5 in 11 of 20 starts. It was a Luke Donald-like display of consistency, and it earned Corr something that Donald has yet to win this year: player-of-the-year honors.

The PGA Tour has yet to announce its annual awards. The Hooters Tour announced its honorees on Friday. Corr, a former Jacksonville (Ala.) State golfer, made 18 of 20 cuts in 2011.

“I think this season’s been one of the best stretches of golf that I’ve ever had,” said Corr, who has nearly $600,000 in winnings in his Hooters Tour career. “I won twice, but I was in contention to win a lot more.”

Corr, of Longwood, Fla., joins Chad Campbell, Zach Johnson, Lee Janzen, Craig Perks, Ted Potter Jr. and Michael Thompson as former Hooters Tour players of the year. Corr earned an exemption into next week’s Nationwide Tour’s Children’s Hospital Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., for being named Player of the Year.

Former Wichita State player Ryan Spears was named the tour’s rookie of the year, an honor that also earned him a start in next week's Nationwide Tour event. He made 13 of 16 cuts this year and picked up nine top-20 finishes. Spears, of Del City, Okla., also won in his last Hooters Tour start, at the Buffalo Run Casino Classic.

Patrick Wilkes-Krier of Orlando, Fla., was named the tour's most improved player. The Ball State alumnus started the season with three missed cuts, but he finished the season strong, making 14 of 15 cuts and picking up 12 top-20 finishes. Wilkes-Krier finished 14th on this year's money list, an improvement of 24 spots from last season.

Ryan Henry of Broken Arrow, Okla., earned the Golf Achievement award for his off-the-course activities, including involvement with junior clinics, tour outings and pro-ams. Henry played college golf at Tulsa.

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