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Golf Treasures at the World Golf Hall of Fame
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Tom Landers
 
By Tom Landers
Published on 06/18/2007
 
Golf Treasures at the World Golf Hall of Fame

The World Golf Hall of Fame’s Member Locker Room Holds Thousands of Members’ Personal Pieces
Each of the World Golf Hall of Fame’s over 100 members has his or her own personal display within the Member Locker Room at the museum in St. Augustine, Fla.  By simply opening a door, every locker offers visitors an even deeper look in to the legendary individuals’ personal lives and careers. 


The Member Locker Room houses rich, dark solid wood lockers for each of the Hall’s members, complete with an identifiable name plate on each locker door.  Guests can see hand-picked memorabilia from the members, their families, friends and heirs, as well as the details and stories behind the items on display.
Since opening in 2004, the Hall’s Member Locker Room has grown to more than 1,800 items – over double the number of pieces on display when the exhibit opened.  The Member Locker Room includes a wide variety of personal and professional gems specifically unique to the World Golf Hall of Fame, making it a special treat for visitors.

Lockers of celebrated golfers and Hall of Fame members feature items such as Greg Norman’s Wilson golf bag from his first global endorsement contract with the equipment manufacturer, as well as a laminated driver he crafted by hand in 1975 from a block of wood, which still has his initials in the face insert.  Visitors can take in Nick Price’s locker which includes the bag and full set of clubs he used to win the 1994 Open Championship, two handwritten swing notes and a locker key from The R&A Clubhouse that he held onto as a keepsake.


Some of the most recent additions to the Hall’s Member Locker Room include mementos from Bill Campbell, the only person to head both the USGA and The R&A. Campbell donated a set of Wilson clubs he played with in the 1960s, one of his Walker Cup sweaters and his Princeton Golf jacket which is representative of his alma mater.

Nick Faldo’s locker has just recently been filled with a selection of memorabilia from his last PGA TOUR victory at the 1997 Nissan Open.  The locker includes Faldo’s set of Mizuno irons, the grey Pringle shirt and black Footjoy shoes he wore during the tournament. 

 In addition, former U.S. Solheim Cup captains Nancy Lopez, Patty Sheehan and Judy Rankin have all recently added to their exhibits, providing a number of important historical and personal artifacts to the Hall of Fame.

Sheehan added a wide assortment of items that tell the story of her life in golf, but among the more personal pieces are tees bearing the nickname “Scooter,” photos of her children and pets and items from her Patty’s Fan-atics Fan Club.

The items in Rankin’s locker share insight into her career as a golf broadcaster.  Rankin personally chose to display a number of scorecards with hand-written notes on them for quick reference, as well as the ABC armband and media badge from the 1997 Open Championship at Royal Troon.

And, the late Fred Corcoran and Bob Harlow continue to have their legacies preserved at the World Golf Hall of Fame after their families have taken great care to contribute items for display.  Corcoran’s locker holds rarely seen images – including one of him giving the late Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams a grip lesson – as well as a star-shaped medal given to him by Morocco’s King Hussan II for international goodwill through sports.


Harlow’s locker hosts an assortment of photos, badges and more that detail his founding of Golf World magazine. One photo features Harlow and his wife sitting at a table selling copies of the “weekly golf newspaper” for 15 cents per issue.

The Member Locker Room holds these stories and surprises from golf’s greatest – the members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.  And, with items continually being added – as well as the addition of new members each year – guests will find something special with every visit. 

For more information on visiting the World Golf Hall of Fame, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., visit www.wgv.com or call 1-800-WGV-GOLF.