PGA CHAMPIONS TOUR
Ken plays the new Series 66, with our standard Composite Graphite shaft, and depending on course conditions he may be seen playing our Series 54MHVA mallet.
This putter was developed for professionals by Sacks Parente Golf and Ken’s help throughout the 2019/20 PGA Champions Tour seasons.
Long considered one of the nicest people on any tour, Ken has competed over 500 times during his career. Currently he is playing on the PGA Champions Tour where in his rookie season he had 5 top 10’s a tie for 2nd and finished the season 3rd in overall putting with his Sacks Parente.
Birthplace – Palm City, Florida
College – Henderson State University (1992, Sports Management)
Turned Professional – 1994
Inducted into the Henderson State University, Reddie Hall of Honor.
Inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.
He was a four-time All-AIC and four-time AIC Player of the Year.
He holds the AIC record for stroke average in a season (68.4) and was the 1992 NAIA All-American.
In 2006 he was named the Nationwide Tour Player of the Year.
As a seventh grader, was diagnosed with scoliosis. The Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark., determined he had a 26 percent curvature of the spine and advised him to wear a back brace 23 hours a day. Two years later, with the curvature reaching 51 percent, he underwent surgery. Without the procedure, the pressure on his lungs and heart might have become life-threatening. Surgeons attached a 16-inch metal rod to his spine to facilitate straightening. Remarkably, just months later he returned to his high school golf team and playing in a back brace won medalist honors at a district tournament.
In 2009, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences established The Ken Duke Endowed Chair in Scoliosis. Funds from the chair treat spinal deformities, tumors and fractures.
He credits his dad for giving him his start in golf but says legendary instructor Bob Toski changed his swing and his life. His biggest golf thrill was playing a round at Augusta National in 2009 with Toski, who was 82 at the time.
Was inducted into the Arkansas Golf Hall of Fame in October 2013 at Pleasant Valley CC in Little Rock.
Along with former teammates, helped raise money for the Ken Duke Golf Center on the campus of Henderson State. The state-of-the-art facility, which opened in the summer of 2016, includes coaching staff offices, classrooms, TrackMan simulators and an indoor putting green.
In addition to the Korn Ferry Tour and Canadian Tour, has also played on the Asian Tour and the South American Tour.
TOUR VICTORIES – USA
2013 PGA Travelers Championship
2006 BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs
2011 Nationwide Tour Championship at Daniel Island
1999 Shell Payless Open
1999 Times Colonist Open
1999 Bayer Championship