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Billy Andrade 2022 Recipient of Payne Stewart Award
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida–In recognition of his character, sportsmanship and commitment to charitable giving, Billy Andrade, who has enjoyed a 35-year career on both the PGA and Champions Tours, has been named the 2022 recipient of the PGA TOUR’s Payne Stewart Award presented by Southern Company. Andrade will be honored on August 23, at the annual Payne Stewart Award Ceremony in conjunction with the TOUR Championship.
The Payne Stewart Award is presented annually by the PGA TOUR to a professional golfer who best exemplifies Stewart’s steadfast values of character, charity, and sportsmanship. Stewart, an 11-time winner on the PGA TOUR and World Golf Hall of Fame member died tragically 23 years ago during the week of the TOUR Championship in 1999. Southern Company, the Official Energy Company of both TOURS, was the presenting sponsor the year of Payne’s passing. A year later the PGA TOUR created the Payne Stewart Award in his honor and Southern Company has graciously supported the presentation.
“It’s very special. Payne was unbelievable to me and I got to know him very well. I’m speechless really, to think that now I’m part of this elite group of past recipients who have all done it the right way,” said Andrade. “It’s nice to see that people have watched and seen that I can inspire others, and I can’t thank Southern Company, the TOUR and Jay Monahan enough to now call myself a Payne Stewart recipient.”
Andrade, 58, was born in Bristol, Rhode Island, but has called Atlanta home since 1988 when he first joined the PGA TOUR. As an Atlanta resident, Billy developed an affinity for the history of East Lake Golf Club, which will soon add his name next to the other recipients on a plaque located in the clubhouse’s Great Hall.
Since joining the PGA TOUR, Andrade has used his platform to give back to charitable causes close to his heart and has continued that commitment over three decades of playing. He and his wife Jody have two children, Cameron and Grace.
“Billy Andrade is an ideal representation of a Payne Stewart Award recipient,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As someone who exudes kindness and respect, Billy is a stranger to no one, and has spent his career fostering meaningful relationships, that have helped fuel his charitable endeavors. That unwavering commitment to helping others is what draws so many people to him, and what would certainly make Payne proud.”
In addition to a sculpture by Bob Pack presented at the ceremony, the Payne Stewart Award is accompanied by an annual Payne Stewart Award Grant made possible by Southern Company. The $500,000 grant supports several initiatives in Stewart’s name and is distributed as follows:
$100,000 to Payne & Tracy Stewart’s primary charity-The Stewart Family Foundation; $100,000 to Payne Stewart Memorial, located in Missouri at Kids Across America; and $300,000 to a charity designated by the winner.
Andrade has chosen to direct funds to a number of charities including the East Lake Foundation, Camp Twin Lakes and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence. Further, the $300,000 designation will be matched by the Andrade family through the GracieCam Foundation, bringing the total community impact to $600,000.
Andrade has been connected to several past Payne Stewart Award winners. He is the recipient of Wake Forest University’s Arnold Palmer Scholarship, named for the 2000 co-recipient; he has teamed with close friend Brad Faxon since 1991 to generate support for children’s charities in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island; and each May he partners with 2017 winner Stewart Cink to host the East Lake Invitational to raise funds for the East Lake Foundation and its continued neighborhood revitalization efforts in Atlanta.
“For years Billy’s tireless dedication to causes that benefit the well-being of children has exemplified what we at Southern Company call being ‘bigger than our bottom line,'” said Tom Fanning, Chairman, President & CEO. “His contributions to Atlanta, Rhode Island and numerous other communities make our world a better place through providing access to health care, education and social services for the children and families who need it the most.”
Andrade is the 25th recipient of the award, joining a distinguished group of respected golfers including last year’s recipient Justin Rose and a who’s who of outstanding professional golfers.
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