Crenshaw Mentor Head 2002 Hall of Fame Class


World Golf Hall of FameThe six newest members were officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame Friday evening at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Ben Crenshaw, Bernhard Langer, Tommy Bolt, Marlene Bauer Hagge, Harvey Penick and Tony Jacklin upped the official count to 96 in the Halls corridors.
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One of the NCAAs greatest of all time -- he was a three-time individual champion at the University of Texas -- Crenshaw won his first-ever tournament on the PGA Tour in 1973, and kept winning for 22 more years.
Crenshaw collected 19 tour victories, with two coming at Augusta National. He won his first Masters Tournament in 1984, and then again, at the age of 43, in 1995.
Golf history has been such a big part of my life, he said. Ive thought all this night about the people Ive enjoyed watching, and I cant believe Im being a part of it.
The noted golf historian was one of the smoothest putters in the games annals. He was a four-time Ryder Cup player, but achieved legendary status as a captain in 1999. With his team trailing 10-6 after two days, he furrowed his brow, wagged his finger and forewarned: Im a big believer in fate. I have a good feeling about tomorrow. Thats all Im going to say.
That said, his team rallied to win back the Cup at Brookline ' the biggest final-day comeback in tournament history.
Two weeks before he passed away in April 1995, Penick gave Crenshaw a final putting lesson. Crenshaw listened and went on to his emotional Masters triumph.
I just know as sure as Im standing here that ' Harvey Penick was the sweetest man, the most gentle man. I just know this, that the Lord was somehow honoring him through me, Crenshaw said of that victory.
Penick was a career teacher, and one of the greatest of all time. His pupils included Sandra Palmer, Tom Kite, and Hall of Famers Crenshaw, Mickey Wright, Betsy Rawls and Kathy Whitworth.
The Texas native was the head professional at Austin Country Club from 1923-71, where he told his students to take dead aim. He was selected the 1989 PGA Teacher of the Year, and was author to 'Harvey Penicks Little Red Book,' which stood on the New York Times bestseller list for over 52 weeks.
My father did spend a lifetime in golf, said Penicks son, Tinsley, who accepted on his late fathers behalf.
Ben, he would be tearfully thrilled to know he was going to be inducted in this World Golf Hall of Fame with you. Hell now be surrounded by friends and many of his pupils.
Penick was inducted through the Lifetime Achievement Category.
Langers resume is ever growing. He recently added the Volvo Masters to his list of 43 European Tour titles. He also has a pair of green jackets (1985 and 93 Masters) to his credit.
The 45-year-old German is the youngest in the 2002 class, and was actually selected to the Hall a year ago, but deferred his induction ceremony to this year.
Four times over the years Ive battled the yips. Ive had my ups and downs over the last 27 years. Coming to America and meeting my wife, Vikki, was the highlight of my life, and winning the U.S. Masters a year later was a dream come true, he said
Langer is a two-time Order of Merit (money title) champion in Europe, and two-time Player of the Year. He is also a 10-time Ryder Cup team member, where he has a career 21-15-6 record. He went 3-0-1 in this years Matches. His 24 career points is second only to Nick Faldo (25) for the most on either team in event history.
Like Langer, Jacklin was inducted via the International Ballot. He won the 1969 British Open, the 1970 U.S. Open, and a total of 22 European Tour events. But it is the Ryder Cup where he left his indelible image.
Jacklin was seven times a team member, and four times a captain. After leading his European team to a near upset in 1983, he pulled off the feat in 85. It was the first time in 28 years that the foreign contingency had beaten their American counterparts.
Jacklin then captained the team to a repeat victory in 1987 ' the first such win on U.S. soil. His final captaincy led to retention of the Cup, as the teams halved the Matches in 1989.
It gives me nothing but pleasure to see the Matches have become the centerpiece of what golf means in the world, said a humbled Jacklin.
Bolt was known for his tempestuous nature and his skillful shot-making. Ben Hogan once said, If we could have just screwed another head on his shoulders, Tommy Bolt would have been the greatest who ever played.
Bolt won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1958 U.S. Open at Southern Hills. He birdied the first hole in the first round that year and then thought aloud, I wonder who is going to finish second?
Friday, he recalled a story comedian Bob Hope liked to tell about Bolt playing the 16th hole at Pebble Beach. After hitting his drive down the fairway with a 3-wood, Bolt had about 135 yards to the hole. He then asked he caddie for a 7-iron.
He says, Mr. Bolt, its either a 3-wood or a 3-iron because thats the only two clubs you got left, Bolt laughingly told in relation to his reputation for tossing and breaking clubs.
The now mellowed 86-year-old was elected through the Veterans Category, which honors professional golfers whose accomplishments occurred primarily before 1962 and who did not qualify through other means.
I want to thank the committee for nominating me so quickly, he joked.
This is a great honor being elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame with such a great bunch of golf players.
Hagge also gained entry through the Veterans Category.
She, along with her older sister, Alice, were among the charter members of the LPGA Tour. The younger Hagge won 26 times on tour. In 1956 she won the LPGA Championship en route to capturing the money title.
An amateur standout, the 68-year-old Hagge is the 20th LPGA Tour member to be elected into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
I think to be recognized and honored by your peers is the greatest thing that can happen in any endeavor, Hagge said. Golf has given me so much more than I ever have or ever could give back.