One 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.
Personal 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:
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.