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Tom Landers
 
By Tom Landers
Published on 03/16/2007
 
World Golf Hall of Fame, The Highest Honor in Golf

The Process of Determining the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Next Class is Underway


Early each year, the World Golf Hall of Fame – located in St. Augustine, FL. – begins the process to determine its newest class of inductees – those who are truly deserving of golf’s highest honor.  The Hall of Fame is the ultimate destination for the celebration and recognition of golf’s greatest players and contributors, and an inspiration to golfers and fans throughout the world.  Golf’s elite can gain entrance to the Hall through five avenues: the PGA TOUR ballot, the International ballot, the LPGA Point System, the Lifetime Achievement category and the Veteran’s category. 

To be eligible for the PGA TOUR and International ballots, players must be 40 years old and hold a playing record that includes a combination of regular tournament victories and majors.  Once a player is placed on the ballot, his or her fate lies within the hands of the voting body, a select group of golf journalists, dignitaries and historians from around the globe.

The LPGA points criteria requires a female player to be an active member of the LPGA Tour for at least 10 years and to have won either an LPGA major tournament, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honors, plus a number of other tournament victories.


The Lifetime Achievement category is designed for any male or female whose primary role in the game has come from outside of the playing arena. Nominations for Lifetime Achievement are made by the international voting body members and the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Selection Committee makes the final decision each year.

Any male or female professional or amateur whose playing career concluded at least 30 years ago is eligible for selection through the Veteran’s category. The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Selection Committee also determines this category each year.

The election process began in January 2007 when the PGA TOUR and International ballots were sent to their respective voting bodies.  All ballots were due back in March, allowing the timely tabulation of votes for PGA TOUR and International ballots, plus a congregation of the Selection Committee to determine the Lifetime Achievement and Veteran’s categories.  The Hall of Fame’s plans to make the announcements of the 2007 Class this Spring, so stay tuned …



The World Golf Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007 is expected to include South Korea’s Se Ri Pak, who has met the LPGA points criteria and is scheduled to fulfill the final requirement for Hall of Fame induction—10 years on the LPGA Tour—when she plays in her 10th event this season.

History will again be made when more golf greats find their place alongside the 114 golf legends currently in the Hall of Fame at the 2007 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The ceremony, scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2007 at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., will honor the achievements, integrity and dedication of those committed to golf and its values.

Complete list of PGA TOUR and International ballot candidates

2007 PGA TOUR Ballot Candidates
Miller Barber       
Bob Charles     
Fred Couples     
John Daly   
Doug Ford   
Hubert Green   
Don January
Tony Lema   
Davis Love III     
Harold McSpaden
Mark O’Meara
Denny Shute
Macdonald Smith
Dave Stockton
Curtis Strange
David Toms
Ken Venturi
Lanny Wadkins
Craig Wood
Fuzzy Zoeller

2007 International Ballot Candidates
Peter Alliss, England
Max Faulkner, England
Sandy Lyle, Scotland
Graham Marsh, Australia
Colin Montgomerie, Scotland
Kel Nagle, Australia
Christy O’Connor Sr., Ireland
Jose Maria Olazabal, Spain
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki, Japan
Norman Von Nida, Australia
Ian Woosnam, Wales