Inducted – 1998
One of the most popular and respected athletes ever to compete for the Kansas State Wildcats, Jim Colbert has been a highly successful player on the senior PGA tour since becoming a member in 1991. Colbert was named the Senior PGA Player of the Year in 1995 and set all-time scoring records for 18 holes, 36 holes and consecutive rounds. Also an outstanding golfer on the regular PGA Tour, Colbert won eight tournament titles in 17 years, including two times in 1983 when he finished 15th on the money list. Colbert has been a long-time benefactor for K-State’s golf and Olympic sports teams and founded a celebrity golf tournament that has benefited the Wildcat programs. While a senior at Kansas State in 1964, Colbert finished second in the NCAA golf championships. He turned pro in 1965 and won his first PGA tournament four years later. Colbert served as a golf analyst for ESPN three years before joining the Senior PGA Tour. In addition to his success as a professional golfer, Colbert is president of the Colbert Golf Design & Development company in Las Vegas. He designed the Colbert Hills Golf Course located on the northwest edge of Manhattan, which was completed in the year 2000. The 18-hole championship course, used by Kansas State’s golf teams, was the first collegiate course in the nation to be managed by the PGA Tour. Colbert is a member of the Kansas State Athletic Hall of Fame. Born March 9, 1941 – Elizabeth, NJ. Graduated Bishop Miege (KS) H.S., 1960; Kansas State University, 1964.
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