USGA to Honor Payne Stewart with 2014 Bob Jones...
USGA to Honor Payne Stewart with 2014 Bob Jones Award
Presentation to Family members Prepared for 2014 U.S. Open up Championship 7 days
As the gameвЂ™s governing physique committed to a longtime mission of preserving, advertising and celebrating the extremely very best traditions and traits of the sport, the United States Golfing Affiliation (USGA) these days announced the late Payne Stewart as the receiver of the 2014 Bob Jones Award. Stewart will be honored throughout a public ceremony as component of the festivities surrounding the 2014 U.S. Open up Championship.
Presented yearly because 1955, the Bob Jones Award is the USGAвЂ™s greatest honor. It acknowledges an person who demonstrates the spirit, individual character and regard for the sport exhibited by Jones, winner of 9 USGA championships. Prior recipients of the award consist of numerous of golfвЂ™s best champions like Francis Ouimet (1955), Babe Didrikson Zaharias (1957), Patty Berg (1963), Arnold Palmer (1971), Jack Nicklaus (1975), Ben Hogan (1976), Nancy Lopez (1998), Annika Sorenstam (2012) and Davis Adore III (2013), as nicely as other people who have contributed to the fabric of the sport in other methods, such as Richard S. Tufts (1967), Joseph C. Dey Jr. (1977), Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (1978), P.J. Boatwright Jr. (1993) and President George H.W. Bush (2008).
Recognized for his enthusiasm for golfing, sportsmanship and philanthropy, Stewart won eleven expert occasions, such as three significant championships, throughout an eighteen-yr PGA Tour profession that was reduce brief by a fatal plane incident in 1999, 4 months following his second U.S. Open up victory. StewartвЂ™s spouse, Tracey, and their kids, Chelsea and Aaron, will be presented with the USGAвЂ™s Bob Jones Award at a public ceremony in the Village of Pinehurst throughout U.S. Open up 7 days on Tuesday, June ten, at five p.m. EDT.
вЂњWe are so pleased, and know that Payne would be very honored and humbled to be acknowledged with the prestigious Bob Jones Award,вЂќ stated Tracey Stewart. вЂњPayne cherished the sport of golfing and sought to reside out and market the exact same ideas of higher character, sportsmanship and enthusiasm that Bob Jones embodied. We are grateful to the USGA for honoring Payne in this kind of a fantastic method.вЂќ
StewartвЂ™s eighteen-foot par putt on the 72nd gap of the 1999 U.S. Open up at Pinehurst supplied 1 of the championshipвЂ™s most remarkable finishes. The celebratory second is memorialized with a bronze statue of Stewart close to the 18th eco-friendly of Pinehurst No. two.
вЂњPayneвЂ™s legacy continues to glow as an inspiration to gamers of all ages,вЂќ stated Thomas J. OвЂ™Toole Jr., incoming USGA president. вЂњHis spirit and gracious mindset left an indelible mark on everybody who surrounded him. His existence can nonetheless be felt by gamers who had been lucky sufficient to perform with him and by the junior golfers that his Payne Stewart Basis continues to assistance.вЂќ
вЂњPayneвЂ™s bigger-than-lifestyle character produced him 1 of the most likable gamers by friends and followers alike,вЂќ stated USGA Executive Director Mike Davis. вЂњPayneвЂ™s power of character confirmed via obviously in victory and defeat, which he individually skilled in the U.S. Open up. It is only fitting that we will make the presentation of this award to a two-time winner at the U.S. Open up at Pinehurst in June for gamers and followers to appreciate.вЂќ
вЂњPayne was 1 of the most engaging and dynamic gamers that I experienced the fortune to perform with,вЂќ stated Peter Jacobsen, a USGA and PGA Tour winner and 1 of StewartвЂ™s closest buddies. вЂњHe was an extreme competitor, but following the final putt dropped, he was heat and supportive, get or shed. That is the definition of sportsmanship and why I am happy to see the USGA honor Payne with the Bob Jones Award.вЂќ
Off the program, Stewart donated his time and monetary help to charitable attempts that promoted the sport and supported these in require. His legacy life on in the Payne Stewart Basis, formed by Payne and Tracey to educate their kids about providing back to the neighborhood. The Payne Stewart Basis supports charities that concentrate on kids in require, as nicely as the improvement of the sport of golfing. Because 2007, the basis has co-sponsored the American Junior Golfing AssociationвЂ™s Payne Stewart Junior Championship.
вЂњPayne Stewart personified the beliefs of character, charity and sportsmanship, and is a deserving receiver of the USGAвЂ™s Bob Jones Award in the yard of his best triumph,вЂќ stated PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem. вЂњBecause of the virtues he extolled, the annual Payne Stewart Award was introduced by the PGA Tour in 2000 to spend tribute, have on his spirit and provide as a reminder of just how unique he was to us all. We are thrilled to see Payne getting additional recognition for his contributions, each on and off the golfing program.вЂќ
As the winner of the 1989 PGA Championship and the 1991 and 1999 U.S. Open up championships, Stewart is 1 of only 8 gamers who have won at least two U.S. Opens and a PGA Championship. He was inducted into the Globe Golfing Corridor of Fame in 2001.