The World Golf Hall of Fame has completed its 2008 Induction Ceremony, including the unveiling of exhibits that honor and celebrate the six members of the new Class of Inductees.
The exhibits, located in the museum’s distinguished Shell Hall, feature the inspiring stories from the lives and careers of the 2008 Class: Sir Bob Charles, Pete Dye, Carol Semple Thompson, Denny Shute, Herbert Warren Wind and Craig Wood. Hundreds of artifacts, personal mementos, memorabilia and photos have been gathered over the past months in preparation for the induction of the six extraordinary individuals.
The Claret Jug from Charles’ 1963 Open Championship victory at Royal Lytham & St. Annes is included in his display, as are trophies representative of his more than 75 worldwide victories. The Bulls Eye Putter he used from 1990 to 2000 to earn 10 Champions Tour titles is also on display.
Representing a golf course design prowess that includes more than 100 courses around the world, Dye’s Inductee exhibit showcases his 1995 Donald Ross award, 2003 Old Tom Morris award, and 2004 PGA Distinguished Service award, as well as his personal, marked-up copy of Alister Mackenzie’s “Golf Architecture” book.
Memorializing Semple Thompson’s participation in more than 100 individual USGA championships—the first golfer to do so—are 63 contestant badges spanning various events over several decades, plus the seven gold medals from her seven USGA championships. Also on display is the ball she used in 2002 to make a 27-foot birdie putt to earn the Curtis Cup-retaining point for the U.S. Team.
In what may be the most comprehensive collection of Shute artifacts ever assembled, the exhibit includes his Ryder Cup plaque noting participation on the 1931, 1933 and 1937 U.S. teams and his personal 1937 Ryder Cup program autographed by the U.S. Team. Also on display is Shute’s plaque from the PGA of America representing his back-to-back PGA Championship wins in 1936 and 1937.
Among the many personal items on display in Wind’s exhibit are original pencil sketches by Anthony Ravielli for the cover of the book Wind wrote with Ben Hogan, “Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” Also in the exhibit is a letter from Bobby Jones discussing details of the 1968 and 1970 Open Championships, as well as a copy of the April 21, 1958 Sports Illustrated where Wind coined the term “Amen Corner.”
Wood’s exhibition includes medals from his wins at the 1941 U.S. Open and 1941 Masters, as well as several clubs he used in winning the 1941 U.S. Open. Additionally, the exhibit displays Wood’s Masters Tournament cigarette box commemorating his 1941 Masters and U.S. Open victories as well as his 1935 second-place finish to Gene Sarazen.
The 2008 Inductee Exhibits will be on display in the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Shell Hall through October 2009. Artifacts from each of the inductees also will be on view in their respective lockers in the Hall’s Member Locker Room.
For more information on the World Golf Hall of Fame, the 2008 Induction Ceremony, Inductees and exhibits, call 904-940-4123 or visit www.wgv.com.