Golf News for Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | People

Gary Player newly inducted into Asia Pacific Golf Hall of Fame

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Global Golf Ambassador and Grand Slam Champion golfer Gary Player was inducted into the Asia Pacific Golf Hall of Fame during the 2011 Asian Golf Monthly Awards in Pattaya, Thailand on 2 November.

"It is an honour to be inducted into the Asia Pacific Golf Hall of Fame. Asia has always been one of my favorite parts of the world to visit, play and design golf courses and is one of the brightest spots in the world golf marketplace today. The entire region is so dynamic. The incredible history, the multitude of cultures, the wonderful people, the fantastic food… I just love it," said Gary Player.

Mike Sebastian, Asia Pacific Golf Group's CEO, "The institution of the Asia Pacific Hall of Fame is proud to welcome Gary Player to this exclusive and elite gathering of some the most celebrated golfers in the world and we felt that 2011 was both timely and appropriate for us to honour the great man."

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About Gary Player
Gary Player has won 165 professional golf tournaments worldwide, including nine major championships on the regular PGA Tour and nine on the Champions or Senior Tour. He became the third man to capture golf's coveted Grand Slam (after Ben Hogan & Gene Sarazen) when he won the US Open in 1965 at the age of 29. Since then, only Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have joined this elite group.

Off the course, Player has an unparalleled resume that includes over 40 years in the golf course design business and a portfolio of more than 325 golf courses worldwide; his philanthropic efforts have raised over $35 million for underprivileged children's education globally through the efforts of The Player Foundation; has bred over 2000 winning racehorses on the Gary Player Stud Farm in South Africa; and in 1995 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from St. Andrews University. In recognition of his achievements in golf and his dedication to charity, Player has also received numerous awards including the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award, South Africa's Sportsman of the Century in 2000 and the 2006 Payne Stewart Award from the PGA Tour.

Gary Player also currently serves as the Global Ambassador to the World Golf Hall of Fame and has been dubbed the Black Knight and the World's Most Traveled Athlete ™ with over 15 million miles or over 25 million kilometers traveled.

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