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Willow Point honors Williams at reception

Published 12:00pm Friday, December 14, 2012

A reception was held Dec. 11 at Willow Point Country Club to celebrate Alexander City’s favorite golfer and native son, Lee Williams.

Williams recently obtained his PGA tour card for 2013 and humbly thanked the 50 plus attending guests for their support over the years.

“All of us at Russell Lands and at Willow Point are so proud of Lee,” said Roger Holliday. “Not only is he a great golfer, he’s been a model for so many. He’s worked untold hours on his game. His determination and dedication have rewarded all of us by giving us a hometown hero. We can’t wait to see him on golf’s biggest stage!”

Williams made a point to give a special thank you to Billy Hardy for correcting his golf grip when he was a child. It is the grip he still uses to this day.

Various friends took to the stage to share their favorite Lee stories, but the sweetest moment of the evening was when Lee’s wife, Emily, spoke and said that Lee is the best part of her.

From, Williams finished the season No. 16 on the Tour money list to earn his PGA TOUR card for 2013, where he will be a rookie.

He earned his first top-10 of the season with a T10 at The Rex Hospital Open.

He shot four under-par rounds in Raleigh to T10 for the first time since he T7 at the 2007 Northeast Pennsylvania Classic.

He kept the momentum going a week later in Leon, Mexico, where he entered the final round of the Mexico Open with a one-stroke lead and then made an up and down for par from behind the green on the 72nd hole to preserve his lead and capture his first Tour title, a one-shot victory over Paul Haley II.

The $112,500 payday was easily the largest of his professional career.

Three weeks later, he opened 68-66 at the Utah Championship, eventually shooting four under-par rounds and T9 outside Salt Lake City.

Williams will play in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort Plantation in Kapalua, Hawaii, Dec. 31- Jan. 7, 2013.

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