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Stephenson joins Hall of Fame

Jan Stephenson
Jan Stephenson becomes the second Australian female to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Image: Getty.

 

Jan Stephenson has become the seventh Australian to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in California.

Stephenson, a three-time major winner, joins Karrie Webb, David Graham, Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Kel Nagle and Walter Travis.

She was inducted at a glittering ceremony today.

“Golf has taken me on a wonderful journey allowing me to travel around the world and make relationships that have lasted a lifetime, and now it has taken me here to the World Golf Hall of Fame,’’ she said. “It’s truly a dream come true. I’m so honoured to be among such wonderful champions of golf.”

The 67-year-old was a groundbreaker for the sport when she acted as the LPGA Tour’s face in the 1970s. But outside of the fame she drew as a sex symbol for the sport, she was a wonderful player, amassing  26 professional titles, 16 of which were won on the LPGA Tour. She also won the 1977 Women's Australian Open.

She had her brother and sister with her at the ceremony, and Webb, the only other Australian woman to be inducted, was in the audience as well.

Stephenson recalled her parents taking the family to their weekend home north of Sydney and learning the game at Tuggerah Lakes Golf Club as a girl. Her father worked night shift so that he could drive her to tournaments; her mother worked two jobs.  “I fell in love with the sport right away,” she said.

She said she believed her era was “the most colourful and competitive” in LPGA Tour history.  “To be now counted amongst those stars as a world golf hall of famer is not only an honour but it’s so humbling.”

Stephenson was inducted alongside South African Retief Goosen and Americans Peggy Kirk Bell, Billy Payne and Dennis Walters.

She lives in Tampa, Florida and owns a golf course.


Comments

Posted by Patricia Nagle at
13/06/2019 07:12 AM
Congratulations Jan if I had known I would have attended as well. You might remember me and Jeff Prenter who was editor of Australian Golf in Sydney. This was the the late sixties. I attended Kel Nagle’s induction ( my father in law now passed) What a wonderful honour. Congratulations and know how difficult the road to success was then. Great memories. Let’s catch up at the 150 Year Open at StAndrews. Cheers Tricia Nagle
Posted by Casey Mackay at
12/06/2019 06:36 PM
Warm congratulations to a well deserved induction. As a recent post work learner player at 67 I truly admire you. (Australian) Go girl😀
Posted by Kaye Garrett at
12/06/2019 07:33 AM
Well done Jan you deserve the recognition all the people you played golf with at Tuggerah Lakes Golf Club are very proud of you.
Posted by Philip Russell at
11/06/2019 11:26 PM
Same age fantastic congratulations. I am only a club golfer 11 handicapp. I am a life member of the Broome Hill Golf Club and vice president of the Katanning Country Club. Well done.

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