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World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum
Hall of Fame Members
Members by Year
Open since 1998, the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum’s mission is to preserve and honor the history of the game of golf and the legacies of those who made it great. Supported by the world’s leading golf organizations, the Hall of Fame combines historic artifacts and personal memorabilia with interactive exhibits to tell the stories of the Hall of Fame members and the history of the game. The Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.
Hall of Fame Induction Process
Each year, the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes a new class of members during its Induction Ceremony, which airs on the Golf Channel. The 2013 ceremony date is May 6 and will kick off the week of festivities at THE PLAYERS Championship. There are five opportunities for a player or contributor to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame: PGA TOUR Ballot, International Ballot, LPGA Point System, Lifetime Achievement and Veterans categories.
Various criteria is set up for players to be eligible for the PGA TOUR and International ballots, including an age requirement of at least 40 years old and a career performance that includes a substantial amount of regular tournament victories and major championship success.
The LPGA Point System requires a player to be an active member of the LPGA for 10 years and to have won either an LPGA major tournament, Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honor, plus a number of other tournament victories.
Nominations for Lifetime Achievement are made by the voting body members. This category is designed for those whose primary role in the game has come from outside the playing arena. The World Golf Foundation’s board of directors decides this category each year.
Any professional or amateur player whose playing career concluded at least 30 years ago is eligible for selection through the Veterans category. The World Golf Foundation’s board of directors also determines those persons selected for this category each year.
Guests of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum are greeted with the fascinating and comprehensive tale of golf’s history and its development from the cradle in Scotland through its growth to the far reaches of the world. An exhibit in this area focuses on the role of The R&A, the history of The Open Championship, golf’s longest-running major, and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
The Hall of Fame members’ stories are referenced throughout the museum, though their true home is in the center of the museum, Shell Hall, named for the Hall of Fame’s founding partner, Shell Oil Company. An extraordinary “Wall of Fame” donning hand-crafted bronze relief plaques of each member extends an entire wall.
As a fitting tribute to the highest achievement in golf, significant tournament trophies, including men’s and women’s majors, are artfully displayed in the Hall of Fame Tower. Though perhaps the museum’s true treasure trove is the Member Locker Room exhibit, which showcases more than 2,000 artifacts from Hall of Fame members around the world.
Guests have the opportunity to sink a long putt on a modern tournament-style putting green under the lights and cameras of a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf match, and video is featured throughout the museum, including a theater offering great championship-moment highlights.
Inductee Exhibits and More
Each year the Hall of Fame showcases the stories and supporting memorabilia from the current year’s class of inductees. The 2012 class of Peter Alliss, Dan Jenkins, Sandy Lyle, Phil Mickelson and Hollis Stacy will be on display through the 2013 Induction Ceremony.
As sole founding partner of World Golf Hall of Fame, The First Tee and World Golf Village, Shell Oil Company provides financial support for the organization’s charitable initiatives.
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