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Leonard Named to Texas Golf Hall of Fame


Justin Leonard heads the 2012 class of the Texas Golf Hall of Fame. The 12-time PGA Tour winner and 1997 British Open champion will be inducted during a ceremony October 22 at San Antonio Country Club.

A former Texas Longhorn, the 40-year-old Leonard won the Texas Open three times and is a three-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team. In 1999, Leonard made a 45-foot putt on the 17th hole at Brookline Country Club in Massachusetts to cap a thrilling comeback by the Yanks, who trailed the Europeans 10-6 heading into Sunday's singles matches.

"The Battle at Brookline," won by the Americans by the narrowest of margins, 14½ to 13½, was the largest come-from-behind victory in Ryder Cup history.

Joining Leonard in the class is the late Sam Goldfarb of San Antonio. Goldfarb, the former president of the San Antonio Golf Association in the 1940s and '50s, chaired Texas State Junior events during period and was elected in the Pioneer category.

Also elected are amateurs John Grace (who also played on the Senior Tour) and Mina Hardin (the 2010 U.S. Senior Women Amateur champion), both of Fort Worth; Charlie Epps, the head pro at Houston's Redstone Golf Club; and David Price, the head pro at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas and a noted rules official.

Champions Golf Club in Houston was named to the hall's Texas Registry of Historic Golf courses.

The Texas Golf Hall of Fame is located at Brackenridge Park Golf Course in San Antonio. For more information about the hall and details about the induction ceremony, visit www.texasgolfhof.org.