World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum welcomes the
Class of 2012 at Induction Ceremony
Alliss, Jenkins, Lyle, Mickelson, Stacy enter the Hall of Fame
St. Augustine, Fla. (May 7, 2012) -- The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum brought its membership to 141 members on Monday, opening its doors to the Class of 2012. British broadcasting giant Peter Alliss, American sportswriting legend Dan Jenkins, European star Sandy Lyle, four-time major winner Phil Mickelson and three-time U.S. Women's Open champion Hollis Stacy are the latest to be given "Golf's Highest Honor."
The evening's events were held at World Golf Village, with the Ceremony at the St. Johns County Convention Center and the Gala afterward within the Hall of Fame. The Ceremony, which kicks off THE PLAYERS Championship week, will air on Golf Channel on Monday at 10 p.m. ET.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Class of 2012," said Jack Peter, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. "With Inductees from on and off the course and from the United States and Europe, this class demonstrates the wonderful diversity in golf and the Hall of Fame's membership. We're honored to have each of them in the Hall of Fame family."
The Class of 2012:
Alliss, known as "The Voice of Golf," began his commentating career with the BBC in 1961 at The Open Championship won by Arnold Palmer at Royal Birkdale. In 2011, he broadcast his 50th consecutive Open Championship.
Son of Percy Alliss, one of the finest players of his generation, Alliss turned professional when still only 15. He won 23 tournaments worldwide during the 1950s and '60s, including three British PGA Championships. He was selected for every Great Britain Ryder Cup team except one from 1953 to 1969. He has also been associated with the design of more than 50 courses and is a respected author of more than 20 golf books.
Jenkins is regarded as one of America's greatest sportswriters. His chronicles of Texas golf in the 1950s, specifically of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, are legendary. When Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were starring in the 1960s and '70s, Jenkins was at Sports Illustrated, reporting on their exploits with award-winning stories. Jenkins, the author of several best-selling sports books, started working for Golf Digest in 1985 and still maintains a regular column.
Jenkins won the 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the PGA of America and has been inducted into the Texas Sports and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Halls of Fame. He has won a record nine first-place awards in the Golf Writers Association of America's annual writing contest.
In all, Lyle has won 29 tournaments worldwide, including 18 on The European Tour and three other PGA TOUR titles. His victory at the 1985 Open Championship at Royal St. George's made him the first British winner since Tony Jacklin in 1969. He broke new ground at the 1987 PLAYERS Championship, defeating Jeff Sluman in a playoff to become its first international champion.
Lyle made history again at the 1988 Masters, making birdie on the 18th hole to become Augusta National's first British winner. He was a member of five European Ryder Cup teams, including the winning sides in 1985 and 1987.
Mickelson's career is highlighted by his four major championship titles: the 2004, 2006 and 2010 Masters; and the 2005 PGA Championship. He has 36 additional PGA TOUR wins, including the 2007 PLAYERS Championship and the 2009 TOUR Championship, as well as three international victories.
Known as "Lefty" by his legions of fans, Mickelson has competed for the United States on eight Ryder Cup teams and nine Presidents Cup sides. Mickelson is the only player, for either team, to participate in every Presidents Cup since the event's inception in 1994.
Stacy's career was defined by her successes in USGA events. She charged onto the golf scene by winning U.S. Girls' Junior Championship titles from 1969-71 and remains the only player ever to win that event three consecutive times. As a professional, she won U.S. Women's Open championships in 1977, 1978 and 1984. Stacy added another major title in 1983, when she won the Peter Jackson Classic (later named the du Maurier Classic).
During her 26-year LPGA career, Stacy rang up 18 victories. In one stretch from 1977 to 1983, she registered 82 top-10 finishes.
Each Inductee donated memorabilia from their standout careers for inclusion in special Inductee Exhibits at the Hall of Fame. They include a case in Shell Hall and a permanent space in the Member Locker Room. The exhibits will be open to the public on May 8.
For more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame, the Induction Ceremony or to learn more about the 2011 Class of Inductees, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.
The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
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