Second member of '12 Hall of Fame named

By Randall MellNovember 17, 2011, 9:15 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – When Hollis Stacy was 12, she carried a scorecard in her back pocket wherever she went in her hometown of Savannah, Ga.

The card documented the first time she broke 90.

“There were never enough hours in the day, or holes on the golf course,” Stacy said. “I just loved the game so much.”

The excellence Stacy pursued with her devotion to the game was honored Thursday with news that she is the newest addition to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Stacy, 57, was announced as a selection through the veterans category during a news conference at the CME Group Titleholders Championship. She joins Phil Mickelson as the second member of the Class of 2012 to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame ceremony on May 7 in St. Augustine, Fla.

Stacy won 18 LPGA tournaments in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, including four major championships. She’s one of six women to have won three or more U.S. Women’s Opens. Mickey Wright (4) and Betsy Rawls (4) are the only players to have won more. Stacy also won the du Maurier Classic.

“I’m shocked, I’m overwhelmed and I’m so honored,” Stacy said.

While Stacy will become a World Golf Hall of Fame member, she’s still not an LPGA Hall of Famer. She accumulated 22 LPGA Hall of Fame points in her career, five short of what was needed to qualify.

Stacy said Thursday that it was difficult being left out of the Hall of Fame.

“That’s why I was so shocked when the call came because I never thought my mom would live to see me get in, because of the politics of being elected,” Stacy said. “I conditioned myself to not think about it. I think it did bug me a little bit, because I won four majors. I considered them like hotels in Monopoly, where a hotel is worth four houses (victories).”

Stacy was one of 10 children. Her mother, Matilda, is 83 and plans to attend the ceremonies with Stacy’s surviving siblings. Stacy's sister, Martha, will present her. When Whan called Stacy with news of her selection, he said her immediate reaction was focused on the thrill her family would enjoy with the news.

“To be a part of the Hall of Fame is a dream come true,” Stacy said. “I accept it for myself and for my family.”

Her best golf memory? Stacy said it was winning her first LPGA title with her father, John, watching as he walked the steep hills at Brookfield West Country Club in Roswell, Ga. Stacy’s father was shot while fighting for Patton’s Third Army during World War II.

“He had this grossly huge knee,” Stacy said. “It was the size of a ham. I birdied six of the last seven holes, and I won my first tournament. That was probably the most special moment of my career.”

John Hollis died in 2005.

The World Golf Hall of Fame created the veterans category in 2000. Jack Peter, the World HOF chief operating officer, said the category was created “to make sure that the Hall of Fame had a way to recognize great players from yesteryear, who may, for one reason or another, have not been inducted.”

Stacy maintains a passion for the LPGA. She’s busy working to bring an LPGA tournament to her hometown of Savannah in 2013. She’s also working on a new business that would create a “platform for women’s golf that would aggregate all of womens’ golf . . . with heavy social media portions. You will be hearing about it.”

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Lauren Thompson and a giant 'gator eating a turtle

By Grill Room TeamApril 19, 2018, 4:53 pm

Really, the headline says it all.

"Morning Drive" co-host Lauren Thompson was playing the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes on Thursday in Orlando, Fla., when her threesome turned into a foursome, with the appearance of a giant alligator. Techincally, it was a fivesome, as the 'gator had a turtle in its mouth.

Hey, it's a slow news week for Grill Room.

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Sources confirm Charles Schwab to sponsor Colonial event

By Rex HoggardApril 19, 2018, 2:42 pm

Multiple sources have confirmed to that officials at Colonial are poised to announce a new sponsorship agreement with Charles Schwab Corporation.

Tournament officials scrambled this year after Dean & DeLuca ended its sponsorship of the event just two years into a six-year agreement, pulling together an assortment of local sponsors and renaming the event the Fort Worth Invitational.

Colonial’s status on the PGA Tour schedule became even more uncertain when the PGA Championship announced it would move from August to May, beginning in 2019 as part of a major overhaul of the circuit’s schedule.

According to the Dallas News, and confirmed by multiple sources at the club, officials plan to announce the new long-term agreement with Charles Schwab on Monday that will begin in 2019.

News of a long-term sponsorship deal would also suggest the event will remain in May in 2019 and beyond. The Tour has indicated it plans to announce the ’19 schedule at next month’s Players Championship.

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PNC Extends Title Sponsorship of PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 19, 2018, 1:00 pm

ORLANDO, Fla., April 19, 2018 – IMG and NBC Sports today announced that The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. has extended its contract as title sponsor of the PNC Father/Son Challenge, the tournament that pairs the games’ legends alongside their sons, daughters and grandchildren.

PNC’s multi-year extension as title sponsor keeps the PGA Tour Challenge Event in Orlando reflecting the bank’s commitment to Central Florida. PNC has served as title sponsor of the tournament since 2012. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Orlando, Grande Lakes will continue to play host to the PNC Father/Son Challenge. The 2018 PNC Father/Son Challenge will take place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 14-16, with television coverage on Golf Channel and NBC.

“The PNC Father/Son Challenge long ago became one of my family’s favorite golf tournaments,” said 18-time major champion Jack Nicklaus. “I have had the pleasure of playing with my sons, and last year, partnering with my 15-year-old grandson GT was a thrill. I am delighted the event—a uniquely special one to us fathers and grandfathers, and perhaps to the many fans out there watching from home or outside the ropes—will continue for many years to come.”

“After our victory in 2016, I said that this win was as good as anything I have done in my career,” said former World No. 1 and major champion David Duval, who alongside his stepson Nick Karavites captured the 2016 title. “I felt blessed to have Nick inside the ropes with me and to have our family surrounding us all week. That’s what makes the PNC Father/Son Challenge so special, and I’m pleased to hear that PNC has extended its support of the event. This golf tournament means so much to all of us who are lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in this event.”

The tournament also holds three events in qualifier markets per year. This year they will be in Dallas, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

“The PNC Father/Son Challenge allows fans to see golf’s legends playing the game they love alongside those they love most,” said Alastair Johnston, vice chairman, IMG. “We are grateful for PNC’s ongoing support of this unique tournament and we look forward to returning to Orlando to celebrate golf and family for many years to come.”

Community support is a key aspect of the tournament and PNC’s sponsorship. PNC is committed to donating $150,000 annually to local non-profits over the life of its sponsorship. Across six previous years of title sponsorship, PNC has already donated $900,000 to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation and the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children to support the “Healthy Families Orange” program. Over the years, PNC has also had the opportunity through this tournament to co-host events for local women in business, to put on clinics and provide free access to the tournament for active military, and even provide a service dog for a local veteran.

"PNC's long-standing sponsorship of the Father/Son Challenge reflects the philanthropic values we share with the PGA Tour and the golf community, as well as our focus on strong relationships,” said Bill Demchak, chairman, president and chief executive officer of The PNC Financial Services Group. “As PNC Bank continues to expand its footprint, the PNC Father/Son tournament helps us gain visibility with new audiences and to strengthen the relationships we enjoy today with more than 8 million retail, wealth, and corporate and institutional banking customers across the country.”

“NBC Sports is extremely proud of our heritage as co-founder for the Father/Son Challenge, one of golf’s most special events that closes out the calendar year on the golf schedule,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports. “Our relationship with PNC Bank elevates this event each year as a must-attend and must-see event for players and fans alike, and we look forward to our continued relationship with PNC Bank for years to come.”

Past winners of the PNC Father/Son Challenge include some of the biggest names in golf including Raymond Floyd (1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001), Jack Nicklaus (1999), Bernhard Langer (2005-06, 2014), Davis Love III (2012) and David Duval (2016).  Masters champion Angel Cabrera and his son, Angel Cabrera Jr. captured the 2017 title.

To qualify for the PNC Father/Son Challenge, participants must have won either a major championship or THE PLAYERS Championship in their career. The professional’s partner must not currently hold a Tour card, and while the majority of partners in the history of the event have been the sons of the golf legends, the family-themed tournament has seen daughters, grandsons and one father – Justin Leonard’s dad, Larry – participate over the years.

The PNC Father/Son Challenge is operated in partnership by IMG and NBC Sports.

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Fire damages National Golf Links of America clubhouse

By Will GrayApril 19, 2018, 12:55 pm

A fire broke out Wednesday at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y., causing "extensive damage" to a portion of the historic course's clubhouse.

According to a report, an initial call was made to the Southampton police department about a fire on the roof of the clubhouse at 11:34 a.m. With the club's gates too narrow to fit a fire truck through, more than 100 firefighters from various departments helped douse the flames by transporting water up a hill to the east side of the clubhouse.

The fire was reportedly extinguished by 2:30 p.m., with no injuries requiring medical attention. According to a Golf Digest report, the club was undergoing construction on its outdoor eating area known as "the Birdcage" and that most of the club's historical documents reside on the opposite end of the clubhouse from where the fire broke out and was contained.

Opened in 1911, National Golf Links of America was designed by C.B. MacDonald and hosted the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922. The biennial matches returned in 2013 to NGLA, which is often rated among the top courses in the U.S. and sits adjacent to Shinnecock Hills, site of this summer's U.S. Open.