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The Billy Payne Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2004 to recognize an outstanding TOUR Championship volunteer each year. The award is named after Billy Payne in recognition for the work he accomplished for the TOUR Championship and the Atlanta community. Mr. Payne was General Chairman of the TOUR Championship in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. He was also the inaugural recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award which was presented to him during the Greenside Chat in 2004. The award will be given to the volunteer that best displays Mr. Payne's qualities which include leadership, service, hard work, humility, camaraderie, respect for people, love of the game and desire to enhance local community. The Volunteer of the Year winner will be announced at the Volunteer Appreciation party and the winner will receive a replica of the Bobby Jones Calamity Jane Putter.
2019 Billy Payne Volunteer of the Year: Rita Tallini
The Tom Cousins Award was created in 2005 to recognize the outstanding leaders within the volunteer hierarchy. The award is named after Tom Cousins in recognition of the leadership he has demonstrated with the East Lake Foundation and in the Atlanta community. Mr. Cousins is the visionary of the revitalization of the East Lake community through the East Lake Foundation and East Lake Golf Club. He was the inaugural recipient of the Leadership Award which was presented to him during the Greenside Chat in 2005. The Tom Cousins Leadership Award was established to recognize an outstanding Committee Chairman each year who exemplifies the ideal team leader in terms of service to the tournament, an energetic spirit, perseverance, flexibility, hard work and who shows exceptional dedication to the tournament. The Leadership Award winner will be announced at the Volunteer Appreciation Party the following year and the winner will receive a special plaque which includes a replica of a headdress feather from a Native American sculpture which was presented to Mr. Cousins in 2005 and is on display in the clubhouse.
2019 Tom Cousins Leadership Award Winner - George Baker
At the TOUR Championship we are proud to have three of the past PGA TOUR Volunteer of the Year Award recipients as part of our outstanding volunteer leadership.
The following volunteers have been selected to receive the Rob Johnston H.O.N.O.R Award for the 2019 TOUR Championship. These volunteers have been chosen by our Vice Chairs because they go above and beyond their volunteer duties and have shown these qualities:
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