Bill Kirby Jr. of Fayetteville, NC, inducted into the PPA Hall of Fame in 1994, capped his PPA career in 1995 by winning the PPA National Championship and the PPA Norfolk Open. He owns 3 other PPA national tour victories - the 1980 Greensboro Open, the 1981 Asheville Open and the 1982 Columbia Open. His runner-up finish in the 1992 PPA National Championship led North Carolina to the PPA National Team Championship. He was the 1985 PPA National Player of the Year and the 1985 PPA Sportsmanship Award recipient. He is the 1998, 1994, 1992 and 1982 PPA North Carolina State Tour Champion and the 1998 PPA North Carolina State Tour Match Play Champion. He is the 1987 and 1985 PPA South Carolina State Champion. He owns 4 PPA North Carolina State Tour State Doubles titles. A PPA member since 1973, he owns 71 PPA State Tour victories - 56 in North Carolina, including the 1979, 1983, 1984 and 1992 Elton Davis Memorial Classic and the 1989 and 1991 Richard Buchan Memorial; 14 in South Carolina; and 1 in Virginia. He has 4 PPA /APA television appearances, 1998, 1995, 1993 and 1971, when he won the APA World Putting Championship in Philadelphia, Pa.
A PPA member since 1973, his PPA national tour lifetime prize money winnings are $34,000. His PPA state tour lifetime earnings are $38,000. His PPA lifetime stroke average is 28.62. "No one player has ever better understood the sport - from respecting franchise owners and managers to understanding the passions of the men, women and youngsters who enjoy the game," Joe Aboid, PPA Commissioner, said. "He has worked to protect our sport's integrity. He has worked to preserve its history."
Kirby is a past member of the Putt-Putt Golf Courses of America National Advisory Board, 1997-98 chairman of the PPA Pros Players Committee and conceived the PPA Hall of Fame in 1986. He is director of the Elton Davis Memorial Classic, founder of the PPA South Carolina State Tour, and directed the PPA North Carolina State Tour from 1977 to 1990.