Nashville, Tenn. (BP)–Broadman & Holman has secured the rights to publish the authorized biography of popular pro golfer Payne Stewart, who died in a plane crash in late October.
The book, targeted for release in June, is expected to coincide with the anniversary of the professional golfer’s 1999 U.S. Open victory, said Ken Stephens, president of Broadman & Holman, the trade book publishing division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Stewart’s widow, Tracey Stewart, is writing the biography with the help of author Ken Abraham, a writer who has collaborated on several projects with celebrities and public figures.
“We are honored to be the publisher of the only biography authorized by the Payne Stewart family and estate,” Stephens said. “We feel that Mrs. Stewart’s account of her late husband’s life on and off the course will be the most compelling, powerful tribute to one of the PGA’s best and most recognizable golfers.
“His life was a shining testimony of how powerful an impression one man’s devotion to faith and family can make in the world around him,” Stephens said.
Tracey Stewart said of the book: “I see this as an opportunity to share qualities that really defined who Payne was. I think he would want people to know that it was the conviction and commitment to his faith and to our family that made him a joyful and energetic competitor on the course — and in life.”