From Phil Mickelson’s First set of Clubs at age 18 Months to Sandy Lyle’s Kilt Worn When he won the Masters, Personal Treasures tell the Unique Stories of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 Inductees

Posted by: Caryn Best in Golf, WGV Amenities

560481_10150853788969335_1599569763_nOne of our favorite exhibitions at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in World Golf Village is the Member Locker Room where life-size lockers are stocked with actual mementos from Hall of Famers’ lives, often telling little-known stories about their careers and personal lives.  What makes the Locker Room so compelling is the same reason the exhibits and lockers of the new 2012 Hall of Fame inductees are worth a visit: the personal mementos that provide an intriguing glimpse into the real worlds of golf’s greatest players and important contributors. 

554490_10150853790759335_727618660_nPersonal treasures now on permanent display in the Class of 2012 Inductee Exhibits at Shell Hall in the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum tell the unique stories of Phil Mickelson, Sandy Lyle, Peter Alliss, Dan Jenkins and Hollis Stacy.  In addition to Phil Mickelson’s tiny wooden clubs from when he was just 18 months old and Sandy Lyle’s Green Jacket from when he became the first Briton to win the Masters Tournament , the following items are featured at the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum:

550927_10150853789669335_780061880_nPeter Alliss
• An ABC broadcasters jacket and other memorabilia from his more than 50 years as a broadcaster at the BBC, ABC Sports and ESPN
• The bag he used as a player for Great Britain & Ireland in the 1957 Ryder Cup
• Rare photos from his adventures on the course with the likes of Sean Connery, Jack Lemmon and Seve Ballesteros

Peter Alliss, famously known as “The Voice of Golf,” began his commentating career with the BBC in 1961, and in 2011, he broadcast his 50th consecutive Open Championship. Son of Percy Alliss, one of the finest players of his generation, Alliss turned professional at just 15. He won 23 tournaments worldwide during the 1950s and ’60s, including three British PGA Championships. Alliss has also authored more than 20 golf books and been involved in the design of more than 50 courses.

550775_10150853789904335_1953159035_nDan Jenkins
• The typewriter he used as a staff member of Sports Illustrated in the 1970s
• A personal letter from fellow Hall of Fame member Ben Hogan
• Press badges dating back to the 1960s from the more than 200 major championships he has covered in his career

Regarded as one of America’s greatest sportswriters, Dan Jenkins made a name for himself in the 1950s while covering golf in Texas, specifically the chronicles of Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson.  Later Jenkins penned award-winning stories while at Sports Illustrated during the reign of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer.  Jenkins continues a column for Golf Digest and is the author of several best-selling sports books.

532782_10150853792404335_894379400_nSandy Lyle
• The kilt he wore after becoming the first Briton to win the Masters in 1988
• The 7-iron he used to hit his famous shot from the bunker on the 18th hole of that Masters, along with the putter he used to sink the final putt
• His bag and trophy as part of the victorious 1985 European Ryder Cup side

Sandy Lyle has won 29 tournaments worldwide, including 18 on The European Tour and three other PGA TOUR titles. In 1987, he was the first international champion of the PLAYERS Championship, and famously made history again at the 1988 Masters when he made birdie on the 18th hole to become Augusta National’s first British winner. He was a member of five European Ryder Cup teams, including the winning sides in 1985 and 1987.

576902_10150853790514335_877141711_nPhil Mickelson
• The 6-iron he used to hit his legendary shot from behind the trees on No. 13 during his victory at the 2010 Masters
• The gold helmet trophy from the 1991 Northern Telecom Open, when he competed as an amateur and earned his first PGA TOUR win
• Trophies from each of his three Masters victories, the 2005 PGA Championship and the 2007 PLAYERS Championship

Phil Mickelson, known as “Lefty” by his fans, has won four major championship titles: the 2004, 2006 and 2010 Masters; and the 2005 PGA Championship. He has 36 additional PGA TOUR wins, including the 2007 PLAYERS Championship and the 2009 TOUR Championship, and three international victories. Mickelson has competed for the United States on eight Ryder Cup teams and nine Presidents Cup sides, and is the only player, for either team, to participate in every Presidents Cup since the event’s inception in 1994.

394197_10150853790244335_2128379705_nHollis Stacy
• The medals she received after winning the U.S. Women’s Open in 1977, ’78 and ’84
• Metalwoods and wedges she used to earn the U.S. Women’s Open titles
• A proclamation from her native city of Savannah, Ga., celebrating her outstanding achievements

Hollis Stacy has 18 victories during her 26-year LPGA career. She captured attention by winning U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship titles from 1969-71 and remains the only player ever to win that event three consecutive times. As a professional, she won U.S. Women’s Open championships in 1977, 1978 and 1984. Stacy added another major title in 1983, when she won the Peter Jackson Classic (later named the du Maurier Classic). In one stretch from 1977 to 1983, Stacy registered 82 top-10 finishes.


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