Another Australian is to join the World Golf Hall of Fame, with three-time major championship victor Jan Stephenson among the five to be inducted next year.
The induction will be June 10, the Monday of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
Payne, who orchestrated the bid that brought Atlanta in 1996 Centennial Olympics, was chairperson at the home course of the Masters from 2006 to 2017 and oversaw several major changes during his tenure, notably the first induction of women members to the club and new amateur events in Asia and Latin America. Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore were invited to join almost a decade after the club's membership practices were criticized by a national women's organization. The annual event for children ages 7-15 attracts thousands of youngsters who strive to reach the finals held at Augusta National on the eve of the Masters. He dangled the ultimate carrot - a Masters berth - to give each tournament an immediate boost. His most noted victories came in the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Opens. He also played in six consecutive Presidents Cups from 2000 to 2011 as part of the International Team.
Walters was paralyzed in a golf cart accident at age 24 but the American became an elite disabled player, making more than 3,000 appearances around the world at clinics and special performances.
Jan Stephenson, AustraliaFemale Competitor Category In her first season on the LPGA Tour in 1974, Jan Stephenson was named LPGA's Rookie of the Year.
Kirk Bell, who passed away in 2016, was also honoured in the lifetime achievement category alongside Payne and Walters.
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"I hope I did a lot", Stephenson said. "I felt shaky after that". Missed a lot of putts, but it was very exciting.
Stephenson was informed by Hall member Nancy Lopez and at first thought it was going to be another dose of bad news. She is a three-time Major Champion with wins at the 1981 du Maurier, 1982 LPGA Championship and the 1983 U.S. Women's Open. "She started the conversation two years ago".
"So they all chimed in in a chorus, "Congratulations, Dennis, you've just been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame", and I started crying". It hasn't really sunk in, but I also got a phone call yesterday and it was from - popped up on my cell and I knew it was Jack Peter.
"I've been crying, goosebumps, couldn't sleep", Stephenson said. And I'm not a big cryer, but this made me cry.
"I was sure I wasn't going to get in". "It is our honor and privilege to welcome Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters to the World Golf Hall of Fame family". Walters was also honored with the 1978 Ben Hogan Award and was a 2018 recipient of the USGA's Bob Jones Award. "I simply thought it was my obligation as chairman to return us a bit to an all-out effort to be an asset to the game of golf and not just as asset to the community of Augusta". I didn't invent any of that.
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