Originally created 11/18/99

PGA Tour offers new award in Stewart's honor



PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- The PGA Tour will honor the memory of Payne Stewart with an annual award that will go to the player who best represents the ideals of the two-time U.S. Open champion.

The trophy for the Payne Stewart Award, a likeness of the player known for his knickers and tam o'shanter cap, will be unveiled during the tour's awards dinner at the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii the first week of January.

The award will be presented each year during the season-ending Tour Championship.

"This type of award presented in this manner is the best step we can take to perpetuate Payne's memory, and perpetuate the things he felt were important to the game," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Wednesday.

Stewart was among six killed Oct. 25 -- the Monday of the Tour Championship -- when his LearJet soared uncontrolled across the country and crashed in South Dakota.

Finchem said the recipient must represent what Stewart stood for -- professionalism, personal presentation, character, community work and charity.

The winner will be selected by the commissioner's office, which will be consulted by the chairman of the Players Advisory Council, one of the independent directors on the policy board and a member of the national media.

The Payne Stewart Award will include a grant from the Southern Company to support the Stewart Family Foundation and other initiatives in his name, and a charity designated by the award winner.