Stewarts accept Jones award on Payne's behalf


PINEHURST, N.C. – The statue of Payne Stewart behind Pinehurst’s 18th green isn’t the only testament to the late U.S. Open champion this week.

On Tuesday, Stewart was honored as this year’s Bobby Jones Award winner, which is given annually to recognize distinguished sportsmanship in golf.

Stewart’s daughter, Chelsea, accepted the award and his wife Tracey, close friends Peter Jacobsen and Paul Azinger, swing coach Chuck Cook and caddie Mike Hicks were also at the ceremony.

Stewart, who beat Phil Mickelson by a stroke at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, died in a plane crash in October 1999.

“It’s such an honor to be associated with Bobby Jones and I know my father would be extremely touched to be associated with him,” Chelsea Stewart said. “[Jones and Stewart] were a little brash at the beginning of their careers, but both grew into it.”