PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Casey Wittenberg was named the 2012 Web.com Tour Player of the Year in a vote of his fellow competitors, it was announced today by PGA TOUR commissioner Tim Finchem and Web.com Tour president Bill Clfee.
The Memphis native, who turned 28 on Nov. 30th, was the Web.com Tour's leading money winner, with $433,453 and won two times, at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open in March and at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open in June. He was also runner-up at the Neediest Kids Championship in October and tied for third at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational in July. The week before his win in Wichita, the 2003 U.S. Amateur runner-up finished T10 in the U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
"I am humbled to be voted Player of the Year by my fellow players," said Wittenberg, who receives the Jack Nicklaus Trophy. "I have greatly enjoyed the Web.com Tour. Everything about the Tour is first-rate and the competition is outstanding. It has clearly made me a better player. I head to the PGA TOUR in 2013 with confidence and can't wait to get started in January. I wish to thank all the tournaments, sponsors, volunteers, Web.com and Web.com Tour staff for all they did to help me and the rest of the players throughout the year."
As the Web.com Tour's leading money winner, Wittenberg is fully exempt in 2013 and receives an invitation to THE PLAYERS Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. next May.
"On behalf of the PGA TOUR family, I would like to congratulate Casey on an outstanding year on the Web.com Tour," said Finchem. "He excelled throughout the season and is a deserving honoree. We wish him all the best next year on the PGA TOUR."
Overall, Wittenberg had eight top-10 finishes in 24 starts and was second in Scoring Average with 69.45.
"Casey represented the Web.com Tour in a most impressive fashion, both on and off the golf course this year, with his clubs, with the media, with tournament sponsors, and with the fans," said Calfee. "He is a talented and hard-working young man and will be a great representative for the Web.com Tour on the PGA TOUR in 2013. We look forward to following his progress."
Wittenberg's low round of the year was a 63, which he recorded three times, all on par-71 courses. Of his 82 rounds, 61 were par or better (74.4%), with 53 being under par (64.6%). He finished the year a cumulative 133-under par.
Wittenberg attended Oklahoma State University, where he earned second-team All-America honors in 2004. That same summer he played on the U.S. Walker Cup team shortly before turning pro at age 19.
Wittenberg was joined on the Player of the Year ballot by Luke Guthrie and Russell Henley.