Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
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World Golf Hall of Fame introduces the Class of 2019

World Golf Hall of Fame introduces the Class of 2019

Cape Town - Two-time major champion Retief Goosen will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.

Stephenson's fellow 2019 inductees include South African multiple major victor Retief Goosen, former Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, Dennis Walters and the late Peggy Kirk Bell. Stephenson won the LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open and du Maurier Classic among her 16 titles on the LPGA Tour.

The five new members will be enshrined at the World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday, June 10, 2019 at Pebble Beach in the week of the men's US Open. He was inducted in the male competitor category, while Jan Stephenson made it in the female competitor category.

The Selection Commission was Co-Chaired by Hall of Fame Members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam and included the members of the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors and a mix of institutional and at-large seats.

Finalists who were not selected to the class include Graham Marsh, Corey Pavin, Hal Sutton, Susie Maxwell Berning, Beverly Hanson, Sandra Palmer, Dottie Pepper, Jim Ferrier, Catherine Lacoste and Calvin Peete. She burst on to the scene in 1974, earning rookie of the year honours, and made a name for herself on and off the course. She went on to lead an impressive career with 20 professional victories, including 16 on the LPGA Tour.

Jan Stephenson's status as one of the greats of Australian golf has been re-affirmed with her election into the World Golf Hall of Fame overnight.

"I'm so emotional", Stephenson said.


"I've been crying, goosebumps, couldn't sleep", Stephenson said. "It was like winning the (1983) US Open all over again".

Billy Payne served as the Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 2006-2017, before being succeeded by Fred Ridley.

Kirk Bell, who passed away in 2016, was also honoured in the lifetime achievement category alongside Payne and Walters. "He originated the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship with the USGA and PGA of America and established the Asia-Pacific Amateur and Latin America Amateur tournaments, each offering guaranteed Masters" spots to the winners.

"The efforts that I was a part of during my 11 years at Augusta were a distinct effort to reflect back on the contributions that Bobby Jones and Cliff Roberts had made to golf, their love of golf and their desire that golf would become a game, not only for the privileged but for others", Payne said.

She won tournaments in France and Japan as well as a pair of titles in Australia including the 1977 Women's Australian Open. She received the PGA of America's First Lady of Golf Award in 2007 and was an avid supporter of the game as a top 100 golf instructor, becoming the first woman selected into Golf Magazine's World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame.

Walters, who was paralyzed from the chest down because of an auto accident but has reached hundreds of thousands through more than 3,000 golf and life lesson clinics, was voted in through the Lifetime Achievement category. He was the only USGA Bob Jones Award and PGA Lifetime Achievement Award victor not already in the Hall of Fame, and is one of 11 honourary lifetime PGA of America members.

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