BOSTON, Nov. 19, 2015 – Shelley Hamlin has been honored as The Legends Tour’s 2015 recipient of the Colleen Walker Spirit Award. The annual Colleen Walker Spirit Award recognizes the player who best exhibits the tenacity, determination and never-give-up attitude that Walker demonstrated throughout her life and career. A committee comprised of Legends Tour players and members of Walker’s family selects the annual award recipient based on nominations by tour members. That individual is honored each November at the end of the season.
Hamlin joined the LPGA Tour in 1972 and won three LPGA tournaments during her career. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 1991. Seven months after undergoing a modified radical mastectomy, Hamlin won the LPGA’s Phar-Mor at Inverrary tournament.
“That certainly told me something about my attitude because I hadn’t won in 14 years,” said Hamlin, 66, who also won the LPGA’s 1992 Bounceback Player of the Year Award, the 1992 William and Mousie Powell Award, the 1995 Heather Farr Award and the Dr. DeDe Owens Spirit of Golf Award.
Born in San Mateo, Calif., Hamlin won the California Women’s Amateur Championship four times, was the 1971 AIAW National Collegiate Championship winner while at Stanford University, was a two-time U.S. Curtis Cup Team member (1968, 1970), and was a finalist in the 1969 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. A member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, Hamlin won the Legends Tour’s 2002 Fidelity Investments Classic in Plymouth, Mass. She has eight top-10 finishes on the Legends Tour in 37 tournament starts.
Last year, Hamlin moved to the Super Legends Division (for players age 63-over) and tied for first with Jane Blalock at the 2014 Legends Championship on the Pete Dye Course in French Lick.
Legends Tour board member Barb Mucha called Hamlin the “overwhelming favorite” for this year’s nomination of the Colleen Walker Spirit Award. “The award is for people who have persevered and fought the fight to come out on the tour with the attitude they’re going to win,” said Mucha.
“Colleen had such grace, beauty and determination, and I haven’t come close to being the wonderful example that she was,” said Hamlin. “But winning this means that all of my fellow competitors and friends are pulling for me and I feel that. This award will inspire me to be the best that I can be.”
Colleen Walker was a nine-time LPGA Tour champion and Florida State University Sports Hall of Fame member who died of breast cancer at age 56 in December 2012. Prior to her death, Walker was an active member of the Legends Tour and winner of the tour’s 2001 HyVee Classic in Des Moines.
Heather Drew was the recipient of the 2014 Colleen Walker Spirit Award.
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About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.