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NEWS: Bell, Goosen Highlight 2019 Hall of Fame Class

Peggy Kirk Bell was a charter member of the LPGA who went on to become a noted instructor and women’s golf proponent. (Photo credit: World Golf Hall of Fame)

The group of Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Jan Stephenson, Billy Payne and Dennis Walters will be enshrined in the World Golf Hall of Fame next June, it was announced Wednesday. The ceremony will take place the Monday prior to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Bell, who died in 2016 at 95, won the 1949 Titleholders Championship and was a charter member of the LPGA who went on to become a noted instructor and women’s golf proponent. The longtime owner of Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines, N.C., Bell was selected in the lifetime achievement category. She previously received the USGA’s Bob Jones Award in 1990 and the PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf Award in 2007.


Goosen, a 49-year-old South African, won 33 worldwide titles, including two U.S. Opens. He also led the European Tour Order of Merit twice and played in six consecutive Presidents Cups. He was selected in the male competitor category

Stephenson, a 66-year-old Australian, won 21 worldwide titles, including three majors. She subsequently helped found the Legends Tour for women’s senior competitors and this year was honored with the Order of Australia Medal for her golf contributions. Stephenson was selected in the female competitor category.

Payne, 70, served as the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club from 2006-17. He presided over some significant developments during his tenure, including Augusta National’s leading role in establishing the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, the Asia-Pacific Amateur and the Latin America Amateur, as well as the admission of female members to the club. Payne was selected in the lifetime achievement category

Walters, 68, was paralyzed from the waist down after a golf cart accident at age 24 and has since focused on inspiring fans and disabled golfers with his trick-shot routines. Walters, who received this year’s Bob Jones Award from the USGA, was selected in the lifetime achievement category.

 

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