Salute to Stewart

Monday, July 6, 2009

There’s a story attached to every hole at the new Payne Stewart Golf Club in Branson, Mo., each celebrating a moment in the colorful career of the club’s late namesake, who grew up about 45 miles north of the course, in Springfield.

Those stories are told on signs at each tee box as players make their way around the course, which was designed by architect Chuck Smith and player consultant Bobby Clampett.

“Zinger” (No. 6) recalls Stewart’s loss at the 1993 Memorial Tournament to pal Paul Azinger, who holed out his 72nd-hole bunker shot, and “The Call” (No. 10) tells of Stewart’s late charge to win the PGA Championship in 1989. And the final hole, “Fatherhood” (on Father’s Day), evokes the emotional scene at Pinehurst in 1999, when Stewart saved par on the last hole to edge Phil Mickelson for the U.S. Open title.

The Payne Stewart Golf Club is managed by Hilton Golf and is part of Branson Hills, a 1,200-acre development.

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