The signatures of more than 140 pro golfers playing in the inaugural Tournament Players Championship were captured …
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM staff
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Each of the 30 years the Atlanta Classic was held at the Atlanta Country Club, Vivian Stowe worked as a tournament volunteer.
So when the tournament took a one-year hiatus so the course could host the inaugural Tournament Players Championship, it was only natural that Stowe get involved with that event, as well.
Everett Stowe (left) donated a piece of history to TPC Sawgrass general manager Bill Hughes (right).
And just as Vivian Stowe gave of her time those many years ago, her son Everett gave a piece of history back to the PGA TOUR on Friday at TPC Sawgrass. Seems his mother had collected the autographs of every player in the field for the first of what would come to be called THE PLAYERS Championship.
The names surrounding the tournament logo read like a who’s who of professional golf — Jack Nicklaus, who won by two, as well as Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Raymond Floyd and Lee Trevino, to name a few. The priceless piece of memorabilia is mounted on a 2-foot square board and preserved in a brown frame.
Vivian Stowe died in 2004. Her son recently came across the autographed board and contacted the PGA TOUR. He and his son Travis were coming to play the PLAYERS Stadium Course and Dye’s Valley Course in October and he wanted to donate the heirloom.
So Everett and Travis Stowe met with Bill Hughes, the general manager at TPC Sawgrass, prior to their Friday tee time to give him the one-of-a-kind piece of history. Hughes was thrilled with the donation but he also wondered something.
"Why give it up?" Hughes asked.
"Golf has been very important to my family," Stowe said, adding he has quite a few photos of his mother with famous golfers and celebrities like Dean Martin. "But this is where it belongs."
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