By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
ATLANTA -- Peter Jacobsen and his buddies Payne Stewart, Mark Lye and Larry Rinker were none too happy.
The four PGA TOUR veterans, also known as "Jake Trout and the Flounders," had booked a recording studio in Los Angeles. Thanks to a mutual love of golf and music, the band had lined up rock-and-roll heavyweights like Glenn Frey, Alice Cooper, Huey Lewis, Bruce Hornsby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash to perform on its second album "I Love to Play."
The studio was reserved for two days from 10-4 but when they arrived no one was there. Jacobsen remembers banging on the door at 10 a.m., then 10:30, 11, 11:30 and so forth.
"We feel we got ripped off," he said. "We're a bunch of golfers. Somebody ripped us off."
So Jacobsen finally called the producer to find out what happened. But the producer was surprised to hear from him since it turns out the studio had been booked from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m.
"So we went back to the hotel, got a shower, got a nap, and we went and recorded the next two days," Jacobsen said "... Payne said you have to be a vampire to be a rock-and-roll star. That's why we had a very short-lived career."
That's one of the stories Jacobsen planned to tell Tuesday night at dinner when he receives the Payne Stewart Award, which is given to someone who best exemplifies the values of character, charity and sportsmanship of the three-time major champion and his close friend.
Stewart died in a plane crash shortly after "Jake Trout and the Flounders" recorded "I Love to Play," which featured, among other songs, "Love the One You Whiff" and "Strugglers Blues." Jacobsen sang while Stewart played the harmonica and Lye and Rinker the guitars.
"Being with Payne was enlightening," Jacobsen said. "He was one of the most interesting guys. He had a lot of thoughts. He had a lot of ideas. And he could play music, too. He was pretty good on the harmonica.
"Huey Lewis, who's a great harmonica player, ... said Payne was about a 8 handicap on the harmonica, which is pretty good because (Huey) was about a 15 handicap golfer. So it's a fair trade."
Steve Stricker is the latest honoree of the Payne Stewart Award , given annually to the golfer that that shares Stewart's respect for the traditions of the game and his commitment to uphold the game's heritage of charitable support, The recipients also share his professional and meticulous presentation of himself and the sport through his dress and conduct.
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ATLANTA -- David Toms has won 13 tournaments in his PGA TOUR career. He's also played on winning Presidents Cup and Ryder Cup teams. But winning the Payne Stewart Award, which recognizes the spirit of the late champion, comes with a greater meaning.
"It's different than winning golf tournaments," Toms said after he was announced as this year's recipient. "It goes beyond that."
The Payne Stewart Award was awarded for the 12th time this week. The winner represents sportsmanship, integrity, the spirit of giving back and understanding what it means to be a role model, said PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem. It goes to an individual "who through their actions on and off the golf course has distinguished himself with his demeanor, his preparation, his words and his actions," Finchem added.
Toms was voted as this year's winner by a committee that includes some of the previous recipients. His foundation has raised millions of dollars for abandoned, underprivileged and abused children in Louisiana, and was also involved in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
"In Louisiana generally and Shreveport specifically, his foundation activity is well-recognized," Finchem said.
Asked about Stewart, Toms said one of his regrets is that he did not play in a team competition with his fellow American. Toms has played on three Presidents Cup (and will be playing in another this November in Australia) and also three Ryder Cups, but none before Stewart's death in 1999.
"Knowing what those team competitions are all about, I know it would have been a lot of fun," Toms said. "He was always the guy in the locker room that made people laugh, that was pulling practical jokes on people. ...
"To not be able to play on one of those teams and really get to know him better this way, I regret."