Upon the day of their entrance in to the World Golf Hall of Fame Nov. 12, 2007, the six newest members of the Hall each received a personalized exhibit within the museum celebrating their lives and accomplishments. The careers of honorees Joe Carr, Hubert Green, Charles Blair Macdonald, Kel Nagle, Se Ri Pak and Curtis Strange are all on display to the public with items – some never before seen by the public.
Each exhibit is located within Shell Hall, the central room of the World Golf Hall of Fame where each of its 120 members is honored. The exhibits display hundreds of pieces of personal memorabilia that represent the inductees’ historical influence on the sport, significant moments in their lives on the course as well as their personal interests. Carr’s exhibit includes contributions from his family as well as his friends from Sutton Golf Club in Dublin who provided several of his Irish amateur trophies, his Walter Hagen award and his favorite putter. Also included are several items representing Carr’s R&A Captaincy in 1991-1992, including the gold sovereign the Carr family bought back from the caddie after his official “Drive In.” Guests can also see Carr’s Walker Cup blazer and other personal effects such as his trademark white hat with green bobble and photographs of him with Irish and international dignitaries.
On display in Green’s exhibit are his 1977 U.S. Open trophy and the irons and putter he used to win the 1985 PGA Championship. A wide variety of other tournament trophies, medals and clubs represent his additional 17 PGA TOUR and four Champions Tour victories, as well as several items of clothing and equipment from his three Ryder Cup appearances. Showcasing the distinctions Green has received over the years, including two Champions Tour Comeback Player of the Year awards, visitors can also enjoy some of Green’s personal items such as his first pair of baby shoes and the first trophy he won for golf at age eight.
All six of Nagle’s Australian PGA Championship trophies are on view in his exhibit, as well as his 1964 Canadian Open trophy and several medals he won on his way to 61 worldwide victories. Five army medals representing his service to Australia, and the Order of Australia medal he received in 1982 are also part of Nagle’s exhibit. Nagle’s exhibit also gives guests a peek at an extensive array of personal photos retrieved from his scrapbook, including those depicting his lifelong passion for horse racing.
On loan from the National Golf Links of America is the medal Macdonald won in 1895 at the inaugural U.S. Amateur Championship, as well as a third- and two fourth-place medals he won at the same tournament in subsequent years. Also on display is the first copy of Macdonald’s book, “Scotland’s Gift Golf,” an edition he personally owned and autographed. Hall of Fame visitors can also see early documentation noting the formation of the United States Golf Association is included, dated Dec. 22, 1894.
Pak’s exhibit includes items representing her home country, South Korea, including a trophy she won while playing a KLPGA tournament in 1995. Representing her enormously successful run on the LPGA Tour since turning pro in 1998 are two of her five major championship trophies: the 2006 McDonald’s LPGA Championship and 2001 Weetabix Women’s British Open. The 2004 Michelob ULTRA Open at Kingsmill trophy is also on display, which marks the tournament that earned her enough points to qualify for her Hall of Fame Induction.
The head of a Bullseye Putter Strange used through most of his amateur career is in his case, representing an item the nostalgic Strange couldn’t part with after years of wear and tear.
Numerous items from his impressive amateur career are on display, including his 1976 North and South Championship trophy and the Low Amateur Masters Tournament gold medallion he won the same year. Additionally, displayed are the irons and ball Strange used to win the 1988 U.S. Open as well as many trophies, medals and awards he won throughout his PGA TOUR career that included five Ryder Cup appearances and one turn as U.S. Captain. Awards presented in the exhibit include his three Arnold Palmer PGA TOUR Leading Money Winner awards.
Upon induction, each new member also gained their own wooden locker in the Hall of Fame’s Member Locker Room exhibit. Chock full of even more items from their lives, visitors will depart from the museum with an abundance of information on the new inductees as well as the other over 100 legends of the game honored in the Hall … and everything about golf throughout the generations.
More information on the World Golf Hall of Fame, including an overview of the museum’s exhibits can be found www.wgv.com