|Full name||Sean Critton Pappas|
19 February 1966|
Phalaborwa, South Africa
|Died||7 June 2015(aged 49)|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|College||University of Arkansas|
|Former tour(s)||Sunshine Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
Pappas was born in Phalaborwa, South Africa. He is the second oldest of four brothers Craigen Pappas (born 1959), Deane (born 1967) and Brenden (born 1970). Deane and Brenden are both professional golfers. They have both won on the Nationwide Tour and played on the PGA Tour. Sean turned professional in 1990 and has stayed in South Africa playing on the Sunshine Tour and teaching. He attended the University of Arkansas with his brothers in the early 1990s.
Pappas turned professional in January 1990 and played a few events on the Nationwide Tour in 1991 and 1992. He also shot a 59 in the first round of the Hartland Classic a T. C. Jordan Professional Golf Tour event in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He did not find much success in his early professional years and moved back to South Africa for the 1993 season. He first joined the Sunshine Tour in the 1993 season. He would win five times on the Sunshine Tour between 1993, when he won his first title, and the 2000 season.
Pappas has earned over R768,000 in his career between 1993 and his most recent season 2002. He has played over 230 events in South Africa and finished in the top-10 over 30 times winning 1/3 of his playoffs.
Pappas had a double-eagle in December 1999 at the Vodacom Players Championship on the 3rd hole at the Royal Cape Golf Club during the 3rd round. He played briefly again in the United States from 1994-95 finding limited success, with two mini-tour wins on the NGA Hooters Tour in 1994. He then moved back to his residence in Phalaborwa. His most recent full season on the Sunshine Tour was in 2002.
In 2010, Sean Pappas became the resident Club Professional at The Ranch Resort Executive Golf Course and Academy – officially opened on 22 May by the Premier of Limpopo Province, Cassel Mathale. 24.5 km south of Polokwane.
Pappas died in June 2015 of a heart attack.
Professional wins (7)
Sunshine Tour wins (5)
- 1993 Hollard Royal Swazi Sun Open
- 1994 Highveld Classic
- 1996 Lombard Tyres Classic
- 1997 Kalahari Classic
- 2000 Bearing Man Highveld Classic
Other wins (2)
- 1994 2 wins on NGA Hooters Tour
- "Results Plus". The New York Times. 20 July 1991.
- "Double Eagle: PGA of South Africa - Sunshine Tour".
- MyPolokwane.com Sean Pappas
- Premier Cassel Mathale Speech delivered at The Ranch Resort on 22 May 2010, retrieved 1 July 2010
- "Sean Pappas: 1966–2015". Sunshine Tour. Retrieved 8 June 2015.