Class of 2019

 Peggy Kirk Bell

Peggy Kirk Bell

Locals in the tiny town of Southern Pines were worried. The U.S. Women’s Open was coming to Pine Needles Golf Club, and residents weren’t sure they were ready for the spotlight. “There was plenty of doubt among the locals and around the state that the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open would succeed,” reported the Winston-Salem Journal. …

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 Retief Goosen

Retief Goosen

For a player whose placid demeanor is known worldwide, lightning sure has a funny way of showing up on the course for Retief Goosen. It’s probably best to start from the beginning, when he had his closest encounter with it. When Goosen was 15, he was already a golf prodigy in his native South Africa, …

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 Billy Payne

Billy Payne

When Billy Payne stepped down as Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club in fall 2017, it gave the golf world an opportunity to take stock of the accomplishments made during his 11-year tenure. The reaction was universal: “By shrewdly blending its increased revenues with a broader, more culturally current vision, Payne pushed the previously …

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 Jan Stephenson

Jan Stephenson

Yes, people will never forget the 1977 Sport magazine cover or the 1986 bathtub picture with nothing but her and golf balls. Jan Stephenson will always be remembered as a trailblazer in that regard, and the impact of her unflinching individuality on the LPGA Tour and its future stars is undeniably part of her legacy. …

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 Dennis Walters

Dennis Walters

Who was the finest driver of the ball in history? Who was the deadliest putter? Who was simply the best? Many entertaining arguments can be had over some of golf’s most interesting questions. But there is no arguing this: No player in the Hall of Fame hit the ball better with a radiator hose than …

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