Palm Beach County Sports Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2010
Contact: Kimberly Whetsel, Director of Marketing
Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame Unveils the 2011 Inductees—
Including Super Bowl Champion Heath Evans, LPGA Tour Champion Meg Mallon and
Cardinal Newman Standout Wide Receiver Chris T. Jones
WEST PALM BEACH, FL – The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces its 2011 Sports Hall of Fame inductees—including homegrown football players Heath Evans of the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV championship team and Cardinal Newman High School standout wide receiver Chris T. Jones, along with LPGA Tour Championship and two-time U.S. Women’s Open winner, Meg Mallon. Ten members will join a legendary list, dating back to 1977, of those that have achieved excellence in the world of sports. The induction ceremony will take place at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on the evening of March 27, 2011.
“The 2011 Hall of Fame inductees represent an elite class of athletes and individuals who have a passion and commitment for sports. Each person represents the diversity of talent prevalent in Palm Beach County,” said Joe Ceravolo, chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee. “We are proud to have them as part of our community and honored to have them join the other 228 accomplished athletes and professionals that are members of Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame.”
Heath Evans—A two-time All-State tailback for The King’s Academy (TKA) in West Palm Beach and the first NCAA Division 1 football player from TKA. After graduating in 1997, Evans received a scholarship to play for Auburn University, where he started for three years. Heath was drafted in the third round (82nd overall pick) by the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. His tenure in the NFL has allowed him to play fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins and currently the New Orleans Saints. He also has been team captain for the Dolphins, Patriots and Saints. Evans has played on two Super Bowl teams (Patriots and Saints), winning the XLIV Super Bowl with the Saints. Through the Heath Evans Foundation, Heath contributes his time to many causes in Palm Beach County, giving back to his local community.
Meg Mallon—An accomplished professional golfer with a career that includes 18 LPGA career victories. She was an eight-time member of the U.S. Solheim Cup (women’s equivalent to the men’s Ryder Cup) team, representing the U.S. in 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005. Her career highlights include two U.S. Women’s Open victories taking place in 1991 and 2004. In 1990, Mallon had five top 10 finishes and concluded the year as 27th on the money list. The following year Meg had a breakout performance and posted four wins including the LPGA Championship and the U.S. Women’s Open—one of six women to win the LPGA Championship and U.S. Women’s Open in the same year. Mallon shot a final-round 65 in her second U.S. Women’s Open victory—tied for the lowest final round in Open history.
Chris T. Jones—Born in West Palm Beach, Jones was a standout wide receiver at Cardinal Newman High School. Jones attended the University of Miami where he had 106 catches for 1,640 yards. He was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1995 and played with the team up through the 1997 season. During his three year career with the Eagles, Jones caught a total of 80 passes for 993 yards as wide receiver. He is one of only six Cardinal Newman graduates to play in the NFL and he is a member of the All-Newman 50-Year Football Team.
Completing the prominent class of 2011 Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame inductees includes:
Ken Green—A graduate of Palm Beach State College (formerly Palm Beach Community College), Ken earned his PGA Tour card in 1982. He was a five time winner on the PGA Tour from 1985-1989. He was a member of the 1989 Ryder Cup Team and had a top 10 finish in the 1996 U.S. Open. Green is currently playing on the Champions Tour.
Remuise Johnson—A dominating two-way player who starred for the Pahokee High School Blue Devils football team as a defensive end, linebacker and tight end from 1973-1975. He was selected to the Palm Beach County All-Area football team, All-Conference team and All-State team on both offense and defense. He was also selected to play in the State of Florida high school football All-Star game in 1975.
Thomas Mullins—After a perfect 8-0 season as JV football coach and 16-1 as JV basketball coach in 1970, Mullins was named varsity football coach at Palm Beach Gardens High School where he went 8-1-1 in 1971 and 10-1 in 1972 with Coach of the Year honors. In 1978, he was named Athletic Director at Palm Beach State College (formerly Palm Beach Community College). In seven years as Athletic Director, PBSC athletic teams won six national championships and had seven national runner-up titles.
Barbara Gillespie Nicklaus—Captain of the softball team at Palm Beach State College (formerly Palm Beach Community College) in 1983 and 1984. While playing at PBSC, Gillespie earned All-Conference honors in ’84, Junior College All-American in ’84 and All-Tournament team at the National Championships in ’84. Following PBSC, Barbara attended Florida State University from 1984-1986 on a fast-pitch softball scholarship where she led the team in stolen bases and was team captain her senior year.
Kevin Patrick—Patrick was a four-year letterman in football at Forest Hill High School. He played defensive end at the University of Miami from 1989-1993. Patrick was an All-American defensive end on two national championship teams (1990 and 1992). While at the University of Miami, he was voted the Hurricane Team MVP and the Big East Conference Player of the Year. He is currently the defensive line coach at the University of South Florida.
Tom Twyford—Currently President/Executive Director of West Palm Beach Fishing Club (WPBFC) and President of the Palm Beach County Fishing Foundation for over 20 years. Oversees WPBFC’s programs and special events including KDW Classic and Silver Sailfish Derby. Started the program Kids Fishing Days where over 10,000 local children have been introduced to fishing and boating safety.
Jack Wullkotte—A Professional Clubmakers’ Society Hall of Fame member, Wullkotte is a renowned clubmaker for some of golf’s top players including Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Jimmy Demaret, Louise Suggs and Toney Penna. Most notably, Wullkotte is Jack Nicklaus’s personal clubmaker. Jack Wullkote worked for MacGregor on and off over the years beginning in 1947. He went on to work for Golden Bear International (GBI) and continued with Nicklaus Golf Equipment Co. once Jack Nicklaus purchased MacGregor. Although retired, he continues to work on clubs in his local Lake Park shop.
For tickets, sponsorship opportunities and additional information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s 35th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, please contact the PBCSC at 561-233-3180.
About Palm Beach County Sports Commission
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the county as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the county, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (primarily in the off-season) and maximizes utilization of county facilities. The Commission offers a full range of event service support, corporate partnerships, sponsorships and a local membership program that supports its goals. Local, regional, national and international marketing efforts are ongoing by the Commission with sports organizations and event owners. The Commission also produces sports-related programs for the residents of Palm Beach County including the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award and the Kids Fitness Festival of the Palm Beaches and awards. For more information on the Palm Beach County Sports Commission go to www.palmbeachsports.com.