Men and women of the Navy: on 25 October 1999 you lost an important friend when professional golfer Payne Stewart was killed in a plane crash. The event received worldwide coverage around the clock for two days, testimony to how popular and respected Payne Stewart had been. Payne's death was a tragedy for the Navy both because of what he had done in support of the Navy (specifically naval aviation) and because of what he was willing to do in support of the Navy. Payne Stewart—1999's U.S. Open champion, 11 -time Tour winner, multi-year (including 1999) United States Ryder Cup team member, certain Golf Hall of Fame inductee, and one of the most high-profile members of the Professional Golf Association Tour—offered the sort of help that the Navy needed (and still needs) to assist in targeting its manpower problems. But his offer was refused by key members of the Navy Recruiting Command and associated civilians, those responsible for the way the Navy spends its $50 million advertising budget.
Navy Bogeys One
By Commander Ward Carroll, U.S. Navy