They are three legends known as much for their ability on the course as their presence outside the ropes.
Ballesteros, 41, burst onto the scene with a magical romp through the 1979 Open Championship at Royal Lytham as a brash 22-year-old. He won it with his wondrous short game. It was that skill and imagination that would lead him to more than 70 other titles around the world.
He hit but one fairway in the final round, made birdie from the parking lot adjacent to the 16th green and got up and down from 13 of 15 greenside bunkers.
His best playing days may be behind him, but it might not be the last time the name Ballesteros climbs a leaderboard.
Ballesteros' son Javier, 8, is already capturing junior tournaments -- in the same fashion his father did.
"He goes to this nine-hole course right next to our house with only an 8-iron," Seve said. "He sees all these other kids with full bags, and they say that's the way it's supposed to be. He says, 'No, my father taught me this is the way it's supposed to be.'
Seve himself started banging balls on a nearby beach with a sawed-off 3-iron his brother bequeathed him.
He was the first European to win the Masters, in 1980. He has tallied five major championships.
Alcott, 43, may be best known for her dive into the lake adjacent the 18th green at the 1988 Nabisco Dinah Shore. It was the sight of her fourth major championship.
Alcott currently has five majors and 29 total career victories.
She still needed one more victory to meet the strict entrance criteria, but Alcott was still in her prime and didn't think twice about winning one more time.
As it turns out, the winning stopped, and Alcott needed the recent LPGA Hall of Fame revisions to join golf's elite. She and Beth Daniel -- who will be inducted in March 2000 -- easily have enough points under the new system.
| Alcott was joined by PGA commissioner Tim Finchem (right) and Byron Nelson (top row) Monday. (AP)|
"Today is without question a dream come true for me," Alcott said. "I'm a little numb and in awe of this whole thing."
She registered her first professional win at age 19, in just her third LPGA start. It started a streak of 11 straight years with a victory.
Her desire to win stood out at the 1983 Dinah Shore more than any other moment in her brilliant career. Alcott found troule on the 72nd hole. Her caddie informed her that all she needed was a bogey to force a playoff.
"I said I'd rather finish fifth and try to win," Alcott said.
She hit the shot she needed. It was a low 3-iron over water. As it came to rest just a few feet from the hole, her caddie turned to her and said, "Wow, you just taught me how to win."
Kathy Whitworth, who owns the all-time LPGA record with 88 victories, said Alcott was one of the few who were destined for greatness.
"Her ability to play a variety of shots always impressed me," Whitworth said. "She didn't just pull a club out of the bag. She thought her way around the course."
| Mangrum receives the U.S. Open trophy from USGA president Charles Littlefield in 1946. (AP)|
"He was a great golfer that has been somewhat forgotten," Byron Nelson said. "If you beat him, you knew you beat a great competitor."
Mangrum turned professional in 1929 and won for the first time 11 years later. His golfing career was interrupted by World War II -- the venue of his greatest legacy.
He was part of the Allied Invasion on D-Day, and earned two Purple Hearts while in Normandy.
His career highlight was capturing the 1946 U.S. Open, surviving the only 36-hole playoff the event has ever seen. He was tied after 72 holes with Nelson and Vic Ghezzi, and the three were tied again after the first 18-hole playoff.
Mangrum also made six Ryder Cup teams and was the U.S. captain in 1953. His best year on tour was 1951, when he won six times.
Robert Mangrum, Lloyd's stepson, accepted the award and spoke briefly of Lloyd's nature off the course.
"I remember back to 1932, the first time I met Lloyd," Robert said. "He was dating my mother and it was the first time he came to our house. I was told to be on my best behavior. I was in charge of the coffee. I asked him where he wanted it, ans he said, 'in my lap.' That's where he got it. Despite that, he married my mother anyway."
Robert remembered his youthful days challenging Lloyd to a variety of sports -- all unsuccessfully.
"Lloyd was a natural athlete who seemed to do everything effortlessly and naturally," he said.
Mangrum died in 1973 of a heart attack -- his 12th heart attack.