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Kevin Streelman: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Kevin Streelman, 35, is the Winfield, Illinois, golfer who everyone is talking about at the U.S. Masters in Augusta, Georgia. He’s shot three birdies in the opening round and continues to shoot well. Though it’s his social media profile and his baby that has the world talking.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Gave His Masters Tix Away on Twitter

When Streelman got the news that his parents couldn’t watch him play at the Masters, he took to social media. He advertised for his Twitter followers to make a case as to why they should get the tix.

But there were more stipulations, the winner had to be a junior golfer who was coming with a parent.

Eventually a winner was chosen, 17-year-old Harrison Stafford, a high school senior from Savannah, Georgia. Pretty classy move from Streelman.


2. He’s a Frat Boy

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Streelman is a Duke graduata where he played alongside fellow PGA Tour member Leif Olson. The two were both on the school’s golf team. While he was there Streelman was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi frat.

3. He Only Has 1 Championship Win

In March 2013, he won his first event, the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship. He said about his win:

It’s a total dream come true. Ten years ago, I was in a car driving to mini-tours and the Hooters Tour and Gateway Tour and U.S. Pro Tour. And I’ve been very blessed, but I’ve worked very hard to get here, too. The game is getting harder and younger, and these kids are fearless out here. I’ve worked diligently, and I think smarter as of late, and fortunately it paid off.


4. His Wife Is a Champion Swimmer

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Kevin and CourtneyStreelman pictured in December 2012. (Facebook)

His wife’s name is Courtney and the couple have a young daughter, Sophie. His daughter made an appearance in Augusta as Streelman carried her from hole to hole. Courtney Streelman is an accomplished athlete herself. She’s from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, but went to the University of Miami where she was a champion swimmer. After Courtney transferred to Arizona State she continued her swimming success in breast and freestyle swimming. The couple met in 2007 and were married in 2008 having met in Las Vegas. Their daughter was born on December 26, 2013. Streelman says about his marriage and child, “I feel very, very fortunate. Courtney is a trooper. We went through a lot to have this child, and it’s been amazing.”

Kevin Streelman Baby Masters Augusta

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5. Streelman Went to the Same High School as the Belushi Brothers

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He’s a native of Winfield, Illinois, where he graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South High School in 1997. The school is the alma-mater of John and James Belushi.

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