Former Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, a Georgia alum, addresses supporters at celebration naming event of Georgia’s indoor athletic facility.
Photo: University of Georgia
Photo: University of Georgia

Billy Payne is selected for golf Hall of Fame

A 16-member panel of mostly golf administrators also selected two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen; three-time major champion Jan Stephenson; LPGA charter member and renowned teacher Peggy Kirk Bell; and Dennis Walters, who has been inspiring golfers through clinics despite being paralyzed from the chest down since he was 24. 

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Goosen recovered from a lightning strike to win 33 times worldwide, including U.S. Opens at Southern Hills and Shinnecock Hills. Stephenson won the LPGA Championship, U.S. Women's Open and du Maurier Classic among her 16 titles on the LPGA Tour. 

Payne, instrumental in bringing the Olympic Games to Atlanta, was chairman of Augusta National Golf Club — home of the Masters Tournament — from 2006 until his retirement in 2017. Payne played football with the Georgia Bulldogs from 1966-68. He earned a political science and law degree from Georgia.

The induction will be June 10, the Monday of the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

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