April 29, 2016
THE FLATS – Three-time Georgia Tech All-American and 1995 national player of the year Stewart Cink has been elected to the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame.
Cink, who came to Tech from Alabama and currently lives in Duluth, Ga., has been elected along with Joe Inman, Jr., of Marietta, Ga., the current head golf coach at Georgia State, Jeff Knox of Augusta, Ga., an accomplished lifelong amateur golfer on the state and national levels, and Jim Stamps, a longtime teaching professional with a distinguished amateur and professional career who is being inducted posthumously.
The Georgia Golf Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek.
Cink was elected as a former standout of the Georgia Tech golf program and a major champion on the PGA Tour who has brought honor to the game both as an amateur and as a professional.
Born in Huntsville, Ala., Cink attended Bradshaw High School in Huntsville. He moved to Atlanta and played golf at Georgia Tech from 1992-1995. He was an All-American in 1993, 1994 and 1995, and was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) selection those years as well. Cink was named ACC Player of the Year in 1995 and was on its academic honor roll in 1992 and 1993.
Cink played in 38 team events while at Georgia Tech with a career stroke average of 72.47. He was the recipient of the Fred Haskins Award in 1995, given to the most outstanding collegiate golfer in NCAA Division I, and the Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year award. He was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. After a successful collegiate and amateur career, Cink turned professional in 1995.
Cink is enjoying a professional career that includes six PGA Tour victories, highlighted most recently by The Open Championship in 2009 at Turnberry Resort in Scotland. He also won the 2008 Travelers Championship, 2004 MCI Heritage, 2004 World Golf Championships-NEC Invitational, 2000 MCI Classic and the 1997 Canon Greater Hartford Open. He was named PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year in 1997.
In international events, Cink was selected to the Ryder Cup team five times (2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010) and the President’s Cup four times (2000, 2005, 2007, 2009).
He founded Cink Charities in 2011, and the Cink It Challenge was developed to raise funds for two Atlanta area charities.
Cink joins a long list of Georgia Tech alumni who are in the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, including Perry Adair (2009), Tommy Barnes (1989), Larry Mize (1991), Bill Ploeger (2001), Watts Gunn (1989), Bunky Henry (2008), Albert “Duck” Swann (2013), Bob Jones (1989), Charles Yates (1989) and P. Dan Yates, Jr. (1996).
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