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NATION NOSTALGIA: Tryba won PGA Tour events in 1995, 1999

Ted Tryba won on every level of golf.

The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state champion from Hanover Area broke through with the first of two victories on the PGA Tour July 16, 1995 by holding off a charge from Scott Simpson for a one-stroke victory in the Anheuser-Busch Classic.

Tryba shot 69-67-68-68 for a 12-under-par, 272.

After entering the final round one stroke out of first, Tryba stormed to a lead that reached four strokes with a birdie at 11.

Simpson applied late pressure with three birdies in the final six holes, but Tryba held on at the River Course at Kingsmill outside Williamsburg, Va.

Tryba, by then playing out of Orlando, Fla., had won two PIAA state titles for Hanover Area, then had the Big Ten’s best stroke average at Ohio State where he won five tournaments.

The three-time college All-American posted wins three straight years, 1991 through 1993, on the Nike Tour, which is known today as the Korn Ferry Tour.

After winning $246,481 and ranking 74th on the PGA Tour in 1994, the 1995 season represented his breakthrough.

Tryba won the Anheuser-Busch, finished second at the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic and tied for seventh in the K-mart Greater Greensboro Open on the way to $451,983 in earnings and a 39th-place finish.

After winning again on tour at the 1999 FedEx St. Jude Classic, Tryba went onto serve as an analyst for The Golf Channel and TNT before opening the Ted Tryba Golf Academy in the Orlando area.

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