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Lehman Honored for Career and Charity Achievements

After a stellar career both on and off the golf course, Southern Company honored Tom Lehman with the Payne Stewart Award.
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September 22, 2010

By PGA TOUR Staff

ATLANTA—Tom Lehman, a champion throughout his nearly 30-year professional career on the Nationwide Tour, PGA TOUR and Champions Tour and an advocate for several charitable causes, has been named the 2010 winner of the Payne Stewart Award. PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem announced Lehman’s selection at THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola.


The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game’s heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member, died tragically the week of THE TOUR Championship in 1999.


“I am humbled to receive this year’s Payne Stewart Award,” said Lehman. “It is an honor that so many truly deserve. To be selected from among so many remarkable human beings only makes me want to be a better person. We are all the result of the influence and love of many, many people in our lives. I am deeply appreciative of all of those in my own life. I desire to be a worthy recipient of this award, and I hope to always uphold the legacy of our friend, Payne Stewart.”


Lehman, a born-again Christian, is dedicated to using the game of golf to give back to his community and those in need. From 1995 to 2002, Lehman hosted a charity golf tournament that raised more than $4.7 million for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund at the University of Minnesota. He is also involved with “Match Point,” a Phoenix-based program that matches adults with troubled children, giving both his money and time.


Lehman was honored with the 2001 Charles Bartlett Award, given by the Golf Writers Association of America, for unselfish contributions to golf. He also received the first Byron Nelson Prize from the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, given to a person or organization in the golf world who exemplifies the ideals of “giving back” that Nelson personified.


“As we enter the second decade of the Payne Stewart Award, Tom Lehman’s name, reputation, character and accomplishments are certainly at home on the list with those who have received the award before him,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. “Tom has achieved success both on the course and in his personal life, and he has utilized that success to help improve the lives of those around him. We’re thrilled to honor Tom with the Payne Stewart Award and thank him for his service to the PGA TOUR, the game of golf and the charitable community.”


Lehman becomes the 13th recipient of the award. The other winners are

 

Byron Nelson (2000)
Jack Nicklaus (2000)
Arnold Palmer (2000)
Ben Crenshaw (2001)
Nick Price (2002)
Tom Watson (2003)
Jay Haas (2004)
Brad Faxon (2005)
Gary Player (2006)
Hal Sutton (2007)
Davis Love III (2008)
Kenny Perry (2009)

 

In addition to a sculpture presented to the recipient, the Payne Stewart Award is accompanied by an annual Payne Stewart Award Grant presented by Southern Company. The $300,000 supports several initiatives in Stewart’s name and is distributed as follows:

 

The Stewart Family Foundation ($100,000)
The First Tee of the Ozarks at Kids Across America, affiliated with Kanakuk Kamps ($100,000)
Tom Lehman’s designated charity ($100,000)

 

“It is a privilege for Southern Company to partner with the PGA TOUR to recognize individuals such as Tom Lehman who embody the game’s traditions of honor, respect and personal integrity,” said Southern Company chairman and CEO David M. Ratcliffe. “Tom is a genuine role model, not only on the golf course, but in his community.”

 

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