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WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME

It’s a historic occasion not lost on Greg McLaughlin, who moved into the role of World Golf Foundation Chief Executive Officer and President of The First Tee, with oversight of the World Golf Hall of Fame, in late 2018. “Since I started this role in December, it’s been very exciting,” McLaughlin said. “Look at all the great legends I have had a chance to get to know better and still more to visit with. It’s been the best part of this job. Pebble Beach is a wonderful place to honor these legends. We’re excited about the week, and more than 35 Hall of Famers have indicated they will attend.” The 2019 class embodies the diverse character of the Hall of Fame:

Jan Stephenson, whose impressive career included 20 professional victories, has now been recognized this year by her induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Top golf instructor, Peggy Kirk Bell, is another of the five inductees to the Hall of Fame in the class of 2019.

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XX Margaret Anne “Peggy” Kirk Bell, Lifetime Achievement, United States. The longtime Southern Pines, N.C., resident took up the game as a teenager in Ohio making a name for herself as an amateur star. She went on to become a charter member of the LPGA in 1950, received the PGA’s First Lady of Golf Award in 2007 and was an avid supporter of the game as a top 100 golf instructor, becoming the first woman selected into Golf Magazine’s World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame. XX Retief Goosen, South Africa, Male Competitor Category. Known affectionately as “The Goose,” Goosen sat within the Official World Golf Ranking’s top 10 for more than

250 weeks from 2001 through 2007. His 33 worldwide wins include two U.S. Opens, in 2001 and 2004. Goosen led the European Tour Order of Merit in 2001 and 2002. XX Billy Payne, United States, Lifetime Achievement Category. During his 11 years as Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club (2006 to 2017), Payne oversaw a number of significant achievements including the introduction of women as club members. He originated the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship with the USGA and PGA of America and established the AsiaPacific Amateur and Latin America Amateur tournaments. Payne was also a key figure in the successful return of golf to the 2016 Olympic Games. XX Jan Stephenson, Australia, Female Competitor Category. In her first season on the LPGA in 1974, Stephenson was named LPGA’s Rookie of the Year. She went on to lead an impressive career with 20 professional victories, including 16 on the LPGA Tour. 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. Her impact on the game extends outside of her play as one of the founders of the Women’s Senior Golf Tour. XX Dennis Walters, United States, Lifetime Achievement Category. Walters is an elite golfer who was paralyzed from the waist down at age 24 following a golf cart

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