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World Golf Hall of Fame: The class of 2012

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Peter Allis (left) and Dan Jenkins (right)

On Monday night in St. Augustine, Fla., the World Golf Hall of Fame will induct five new members: Phil Mickelson, Peter Aliss, Dan Jenkins, Sandy Lyle and Hollis Stacy. Here are brief bios of this year's class.

PHIL MICKELSON
How Phil Mickelson is Changing Lives, By Alan Shipnuck
Born San Diego Home Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Age 41
Family Wife, Amy; daughters Amanda and Sophia; son, Evan
Mentors Dean Reinmuth (childhood); Rick Smith, Dave Pelz, Butch Harmon
(professional)
Turned pro 1992
Victories 48 worldwide, including 2004, ’06 and ’10 Masters, ’05 PGA and 1991 Northern Telecom Open as amateur
Other accomplishments Won 2007 Players Championship; member of eight Ryder Cup
and nine Presidents Cup teams; 1990 U.S. Amateur champion; ’90, ’91 and ’92 NCAA champion

PETER ALLISS
Golf Magazine Interview: Peter Aliss, the Voice of Golf (July 2011)
Born Berlin Home Surrey, England Age 81
Family Wife, Jackie; sons Gary, Simon and Henry; daughters Carol and Sara
Mentor Father, Percy, a leading European tour professional in 1920s and '30s and then longtime golf instructor
Turned pro 1945 Victories 21, including three British PGAs
Other accomplishments Played in eight Ryder Cups; retired as player at age 38; debuted as analyst with BBC in 1961 and ABC Sports in '75; partnering with Dave Thomas and also Clive Clark, has done design work on more than 70 courses; auther of 20 golf books.

By Renton Laidlaw
Peter Alliss is an institution. For 50 years the former Ryder Cup golfer has been the hugely respected and much-admired mellifluous voice of BBC golf. In fact, he is BBC golf. Commentary came easily to this son of a successful golfing father, but there is a poignant reminder of why Peter gave up playing. His Bentley carries the license place PUTT 3.

Author of many books on golf (and the racy novel The Duke), Peter is a larger-than-life raconteur and bon vivant who, at 81, has been playing to packed village halls on a sold-out whistle-stop lecture tour around Britain.

His in-depth knowledge of the game and his masterly use of language has endeared him to millions on both sides of the Atlantic. His laid-back style is reminiscent of the 1960s and '70s, when producers had fewer cameras and gizmos at their disposal. It all added up to a less hectic production, giving commentators time to explain and expand. No wonder Peter is the darling of the senior viewer (if not always the younger set).

His award-winning style is unique and idiosyncratic. He will often slip in asides about club events totally unrelated to what's happening on screen. His ability to think on his feet has allowed him to deliver pithy one-liners. Peter is no slave to political correctness. Put more simply, he is a wonderful entertainer. When a male streaker ran onto the 18th green at the 1985 British Open, Peter told viewers, "What a big fuss about such a little thing." Everyone knew what he meant. That's Peter.

Renton Laidlaw, the 2002 recipient of the PGA of America's Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, has covered golf for newspapers, magazines and as a TV commentator since 1959.

DAN JENKINS
A Dan Jenkins Reader: His Best From the Sports Illustrated Vault
Born Fort Worth, Texas Home Forth Worth Age 82
Family Wife, June; daughter, Sally; sons Marty and Danny Idols John Lardner, Jim Murray, Damon Runyon, Red Smith
Journalism Writer and then sports editor, Fort Worth Press (1948-61); staff writer, Dallas Times Herald ('61-62); senior writer, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED ('62-84); contributor, Playboy ('85-90); writer-at-large, Golf Digest ('85-present); has written 20 books; memoir scheduled for 2013
Awards 1995 PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award; inducted into National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame in '96

By Walter Bingham
I had the good fortune of editing Dan Jenkins in golf and college football, much like driving a Rolls-Royce. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of both sports, and was able to rattle off names of every U.S. Open winner and the runners-up as well. Same with football's national champions.

He grew up cheering for Sammy Baugh, and as captain of the TCU golf team he got to play with Ben Hogan. Dan went to work for the Forth Worth Press and joined SPORTS ILLUSTRATED in 1962.

On deadline, Dan was quick and accurate. His wicked sense of humor often drew blood. Mocking Notre Dame's decision to cement the 1996 national championship by settling for a tie with Michigan State, Dan wrote that the Irish "tied one for the Gipper."

Feeling that Billy Casper had made too much a show of his Mormon religion during the 1969 Masters, Dan wrote, "Billy Casper and his good friend the Lord, strolled hand and hand through the valleys and pines of Augusta, stamping out petroleum-based pesticides."

Here is my favorite Jenkins story, which encapsulates the man. At the '86 Masters, after Jack Nicklaus's stunning comeback, Rick Reilly, sitting next to Dan, said, "Wow, have you ever had a story that's too big to write?" Without looking up from his typewriter, Dan said, "No."

Walter Bingham was an editor and writer at SI from 1995 to 2001 and is currently a special contributor for the magazine.

SANDY LYLE
Born Shrewsbury, Englad Home Balquhidder, Scotland Age 54
Family Wife, Jolande; sons Stuart, James and Quintin; daughter, Alexandria
Mentor Father, Alex, longtime teaching pro at Hawkstone Park in Shrewsbury Turned pro 1977
Victories 29, including 1985 British Open and '88 Masters Other accomplishments Played on five Ryder Cup teams; was first international winner of Players Championship (1987); three-time leader of European tour Order of Merit; played on two Walker Cup teams and two-time winner of English amateur stroke-play championship

By Ken Brown
Alexander Walter Barr Lyle, known to the golfing world as Sandy, played with me on the Safari, European and PGA tours and in the Ryder Cup and the World Cup, but we met long before -- when he captained the England boys' team in 1974 at Hoylake. It was clear even then that Sandy's simple yet powerful technique and easygoing attitude would take him far. Never was this more apparent than when he led going into the final round of the 1985 Benson & Hedges. Having taken an unfavorable look at the range earlier in the week, Sandy decided not to hit any practice balls. I played with him in the final group on Sunday, and without warming up, Sandy chose a one-iron to start his round. He struck the ground an inch behind the ball, but rather than get upset or angry, he said, "It will take me a few hole to warm up." Sandy won by five.

Despite Sandy's success in golf, his generosity has stuck with me as much as his talent. After his victory at the 1988 Masters, we traveled together to Hilton Head for the next PGA Tour event. On Monday afternoon we went to the range, and after his brief practice session he stayed around for two hours to help me with my game, and then we went fishing. Sandy was the most unassuming of champions.

Seve Ballesteros was once asked who he thought was the most talented European golfer. "If we all play our best," Seve said, "Sandy wins every time."

A five-time Ryder Cupper, Ken Brown won five times on the European tour and once on the PGA Tour. He's a golf analyst for the BBC and Golf Channel.

HOLLIS STACY
Born Savannah Home Holmes Beach, Fla. Age 58
Family Single; fourth of 10 children Mentor Family friend and amateur star, Ceil MacLaurin
Turned pro 1974 Victories 18, including 1977, '78 and '84 U.S. Women's Open and '83 du Maurier Classic
Other accomplishments Only player to win three U.S. Girls' Juniors (1969, '70 and '71); member of '72 Curtis Cup team

By Bonnie Lauer
I first met Hollis during a playoff at the 1968 U.S. Girls' Junior in Flint, Mich. Six girls -- Hollis, Pat Bradley, Janet Coles, Martha Jett, Louise Stekoll and I -- were battling for the final two spots in match play. Hollis was a giddy, gangly girl with a bucket hat, a half glove and Hush Puppies. On the first hole she topped a few shots and was eliminated. She was only 14, but she remained unflappably positive through each dribbled shot and rebounded to win the tournament for the next three years. That was typical Hollis: Nothing fazed her. Indeed, the harder the conditions and the more intense the pressure, the stronger she got. Those qualities helped her win all those USGA titles.

Hollis and I became best friends on the amateur and college circuits, and she took me under her wing when I joined the LPGA. We often traveled together, she helped me get tournament invitations, and she really knew how to calm my jitters. At an event in Japan, I couldn't find my caddie. In the locker room Hollis said, "Go outside. Your caddie is the woman with the blue shirt and big white hat." I went out and saw 25 ladies in blue shirts and white hats, and I broke into laughter.

Hollis enjoys big boats and fast cars (she had a Porsche and a DeLorean), but she is humble too. During her sophomore year at Rollins, she traveled in Russia, and that was life-changing. Hollis often talked about the oppression and poverty she witnessed and how seeing that stuff made her appreciate her life in golf and inspired her to work hard to use her talent and opportunities.

Bonnie Lauer won two LPGA events and was the rookie of the year in 1976. She served as LPGA president in '88.


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