Class of 2018 pays emotional tribute to the golfing legends who paved the way for their induction to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 9, 2018
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SAN ANTONIO _ Chad Campbell and Billy Ray Brown were born and raised in Texas, forged successful golf careers that mirrored the state’s legendary players, and claimed their biggest pro victories in the Lone Star State.
It seemed fitting that they were inducted into the Texas Golf Hall of Fame in the same class. Campbell and Brown were honored along with veteran TV personality Bill Macatee, renowned instructor Bill Moretti, and Austin Country Club in a ceremony at San Antonio Country Club.
Campbell and Brown joked before the festivities about which one would cry the most during inductions.
Campbell, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, jumped out to an early lead. He was first to take the stage, and tears were in his eyes as his video introduction played.
“I didn’t think I was going to start crying until I actually started talking,” said Campbell, 44. “They did such a good job with that.
“To be inducted to the Texas Golf Hall of Fame with all the legends that have played in Texas, it’s just unbelievable. It really hit me today with the unveiling of the marker on the golf course.”
Brown, honored in the amateur category, was the final inductee to speak. Like Campbell, he had to stop several times because he was overcome with emotion.
“This is a huge honor for me,” said Brown, who still lives in his hometown of Missouri City. “It’s something I’ve dreamed about. I love Texas and I love the game of golf, which has given me so many opportunities.”