World Golf Hall of Fame: The class of 2012

Sandy Lyle and Hollis Stacy
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Sandy Lyle (left) and Hollis Stacy (right)
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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