LPGA 18-time winner Hollis Stacy was announced in mid-November as an inductee into the Veteran’s Category of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Stacy will be inducted in May 2012, along with the other newest Hall of Fame members.
“I’m shocked, I’m overwhelmed and I’m so honored,” said Stacy, whose list of career wins includes three consecutive U.S. Girls’ Junior Championships and three U.S. Women’s Open Championships. “To be in the Hall of Fame is a dream come true. It’s a wonderful honor for my family, for my hometown city of Savannah, and for the state of Georgia.”
After an illustrious amateur career, in which she also won the 1970 North and South Women’s Amateur Championship, and played as a member of the 1972 U.S. Curtis Cup team, Stacy was widely heralded as a top American hopeful as she entered her professional career.
Stacy’s rookie year on the LPGA tour was 1974, and she tied for second that season at the Bill Branch LPGA Classic. The native Georgian broke through for three wins in 1977, including her first win at the 1977 U.S. Women’s Open Championship.
She successfully defended her U.S. Women’s Open title in 1978, and won her third Open in 1984. Stacy also won the 1983 Peter Jackson Classic in Canada, which was one of the LPGA’s four major championships at the time. Her last win came at the 1991 Crestar Farm Fresh Classic in Virginia.
At the announcement held prior to the LPGA’s CME Group Titleholders tournament in Orlando, Fla., with LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan and Jack Peters from the World Golf Hall of Fame presiding, Stacy was asked about her favorite memory in golf. She recounted winning her first LPGA title on a very hilly golf course in Georgia.
“My father was severely injured in World War II and he had a really bad knee, but he walked the back nine holes of that golf course,” said Stacy. “I birdied six of those last nine holes to get my first LPGA victory.”
Stacy also highlighted other milestones in her golf career, which included her three U.S. Women’s Open wins, breaking 90 for the first time at age 12, and shooting a career-low score of 10-under 62 in Seattle during an LPGA event.
As is tradition, each Hall of Fame inductee is given a “locker” to fill with personal donations at the World Golf Hall of Fame’s museum in St. Augustine, Fla. When asked what she would place in her locker, Stacy, with her typical zany way of expressing herself, seemed surprised.
“What locker?” she said. “If they give me a locker, they’d better make two keys. I’ll lose the key.”
Maybe so, but not the opportunity to join the game’s greatest in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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