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National terror Hollis Stacy gets top honor

Posted on: November 17, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: November 17, 2011 11:42 am
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Former LPGA star Hollis Stacy certainly piled up plenty of national championships in her golfing career, starting at a very young age.

Now she's been given the ultimate global honor.

Stacy, 57, who won an impressive four major championships in an eight-year span, including three U.S. Opens, will be part of the 2012 list of inductees at the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., it was announced Thursday at the LPGA's season-ending Titleholders event.

Stacy won 18 times on the LPGA and was inducted via the Veterans Category, created in 2000 for worthy players who might have been overlooked in the past. She also won the du Maurier championship, no longer a major, in 1983.

Since she didn’t qualify for Hall inclusion via the LPGA's points system, she was wondering if the phone call would ever come.

"I had conditioned myself not to think about it," she said. "It bugged me, it just bugged me."

She becomes the second member of the class of 2012, which will be inducted in May. Last week, Phil Mickelson was named as the first inductee via the PGA Tour ballot.

Only four players have won the U.S. Open three or more times and Stacy also won the prestigious U.S. Junior Girls' title three times while competing against the likes of age-group peers Nancy Lopez, Laura Baugh and Pat Bradley.

She got the call about the induction from LPGA commissioner Mike Whan last Thursday.

"I think I said three words -- I'm shocked, overwhelmed and so honored," Stacy said.

Stacy is one of 10 children and promised that the induction would be a joyous experience for her family. Her younger sister, Martha, will handle the introduction.

"That's why I was so shocked when the call came I never thought my mom would live to see me get in because of the politics of getting elected into the Hall," she said.

She amassed 22 of the required 27 points for automatic inclusion via the LPGA system.

Category: Golf
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:03 am
 

National terror Hollis Stacy gets top honor

Maybe "terror" isn't appropriate in this day and age, but the call on Hollis Stacy certainly was.  Anyone who wins multiple US Opens on either tour deserves to get in.  
 
Now that this statistical injustice has been righted, how about some consideation for Andy North.  He won two US Opens, was a three-time All-American at Florida, and continues to contribute to the game as a commentator for ESPN.  When you win the Open once, it can be a fluke.  But when you win it twice, nobody can say it was, no matter how many other tournaments you win or don't win.  

I'm not saying North is a slam-dunk, but I do think he merits serious consideration by the veterans' committee.  After all, it is the "World Golf Hall of Fame," not just the professional tour results hall of fame.  When you combine his college, PGA, and TV contributions, I think it should be enough.  



Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:43 am
 

National terror Hollis Stacy gets top honor

I fell in love with the game right around the time Hollis was winning the du Maurier in 1983 ... I think she was just past her prime by then, but managed to squeeze that one last major.  I remember watching her play back in the day.  Hollis's name had slipped my mind until I saw this article and it brought back memories of my days as a junior golfer.  Congratulations Hollis Stacy, you deserve it !!!  


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