Verplank Bell Announced as GWAA Honorees


Judy Bell and Scott Verplank were both honored by the Golf Writers Association of America earlier this week for their betterment of the game during 2001.
Bell, the 64-year-old former USGA president, was named the recipient of the William D. Richardson Award, which is given annually to an individual who has consistently made outstanding contributions to golf.
Verplank, 37, of Oklahoma, won the Ben Hogan Award, an honor bestowed upon an individual who has remained active in golf despite a physical handicap or illness.
During the 01 season, Verplank had a career year, winning the Bell Canadian Open and gaining a captains pick into the upcoming Ryder Cup at the Belfry.
Bell, meanwhile, has been a staple in the golfing world. Outside of her tournament accomplishments, she was first named to a USGA Committee in 1961 and recently served as the first female USGA president in 96 and 97.
Both golfers will be honored April 10 at the GWAAs Annual Awards Dinner in Augusta, Ga.
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