Tom Lehman Personal Notes
Was the 2010 recipient of the Payne Stewart Award which is presented annually to a player sharing Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game, his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support and his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
Winner of the 2001 Charles Bartlett Award, given by GWAA for unselfish contributions to golf. Has raised several million dollars through his charity tournament in Minneapolis.
Serves on the Board of Elevate Phoenix (elevatephoenix.org), a civic program providing long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth.
Is also involved with the following groups—Cortney's Place, McKenzie Monks Foundation, Hopekids, Childrens Cancer Research Fund, Phoenix Crisis Pregnancy Center, The Changing Lives Center for Women and Children, Search Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Big Oak Ranch (Birmingham, Ala.).
Awarded the first Byron Nelson Prize by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas at the 2007 EDS Byron Nelson Championship Opening Ceremony. The Byron Nelson Prize is awarded to a person or organization in the golf world who exemplifies the ideals of “giving back” that Byron Nelson personified. The Salesmanship Club of Dallas awarded $100,000 to the McKenzie Monks Foundation, an organization that helps kids cope with cancer. Said Lehman about the honor, "I've been inspired in my life by Byron Nelson. He's inspired me to want to be a better golfer but more importantly a better person.".
Says he could never compete successfully in professional golf without the support of his wife and kids.
Brother, Jim Lehman, Jr., is his agent.
His wife, Melissa, was enlisted as his caddie at 1998 Nissan Open when regular caddie Andy Martinez suffered two broken ribs in a pickup basketball game the night before the start of the event. Went to a lighter carry bag instead of the heavier TOUR version.
Lehman Design Group design projects include the Somerby GC in Byron, Minn., former site of the Web.com Tour's Rochester Area Charities Showdown at Somerby; the TPC Twin Cities, done with Arnold Palmer, the site of the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour in Minneapolis; the Prairie Club Dunes Course, rated in the top-100 courses in America, and The Gallery GC in Tucson, Ariz., co-designed with John Fought, former host of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.
His late father, Jim, was a football standout at St. John's University in Minnesota where he played for the legendary coach John Gagliardi.