Golf Hall of Fame to Honor Gary Player

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The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in St. Augustine, Florida will officially open the “Gary Player Grand Slam 50th Anniversary Exhibition,” celebrating Player’s historic accomplishment achieved with his victory at the 1965 United States Open at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri. With that victory, Gary Player joined a very small fraternity including Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen as the only golfers to have achieved the ‘Career Grand Slam. Since then only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have accomplished the feat.

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Gary Player

The exhibition will celebrate not only Player’s Grand Slam, but will also explore the impact the ‘Black Knight’ has had on the game of golf globally. Player, who to this day remains the only international golfer to accomplish the wins of all 4 majors, was victorious an astounding 165 times during his career with the wins occurring in 21countries on six continents.

“Gary has played such an integral role in globalizing the game of golf and the values he represents are what makes the Hall of Fame so proud to be able to call him our Global Ambassador,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame.”We are thrilled to be able to open this exhibition which celebrates not only Gary’s tremendous successes on the course, but also shares with our guests the impact he has had off the course too through his commitment to education, family, charity and fitness.”

“What an honor it is to have the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum celebrate this significant milestone in my career,” said icon Gary Player. “I continue to admire all the work that the World Golf Hall of Fame does for the game, and it will be a great privilege to visit the exhibit later his month for the grand opening.”

The exhibition will feature many of Player’s major championship trophies,along with his Green Jacket from the Masters and many other items from his illustrious career. Additionally, the Museum will share the story of Player’s global adventures, the important role family played in his career, and his life-long commitment to fitness. Guests of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will also have an opportunity to utilize the new state-of-the art golf simulator within the exhibit, playing many of the same courses where Gary captured victories during his career. The exhibition will further be supported with unique video and photography and be on display throughout 2015. For further information contact www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

Dave Daubert

Lehigh University graduate, Procter & Gamble retired. Previously a Managing Editor and Feature Writer for a regional golf monthly magazine for 11 years. Married to wife Carol and residing in Solivita, an active adult community in Central Florida

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