Billy AndradeThis year, he was awarded the Payne Stewart Award, which has now become the highest honor for PGA Tour players.
Stewart was killed in a plane accident in October 1999, the same year he won U.S. Open. This award is in his honor. It is awarded to players who demonstrate character, sportsmanship, and a commitment towards charity.
Its very unique. Payne was a remarkable person to me and I had the privilege of getting to know him well. Im speechless to think that Im now part of this elite group past recipients who have all done things the right way, Andrade stated.
Andrade, a fellow Rhode Islander, won his first PGA Tour title. Brad FaxonTo create the Billy Andrade/Brad Faxon Charity for Children Inc. in southeastern Massachusetts. It has raised more than $30,000,000 through its various efforts, including the CVS Health Charity Classic.
Each May, Andrade and another Atlanta resident host the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club. Stewart CinkThe East Lake Invitational is a charity pro-am which benefits neighborhood revitalization efforts.
Andrade will be honored on Tuesday, August 23, the Tuesday before the Tour Championship.