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Champion Tour players with this distinction have a small placard next to their name on the sign-bearers board and are announced as such at the first tee.  I first started noticing this while attending The Boeing Classic and became more familiar with St. Augustine's World Golf Hall of Fame. (still on my bucket list).

Did you know that there are currently 160 players (and a few non-pro players) who have been inducted into Golfs' Hall of Fame?  I didn't know there were that many. 

The first class of inductees (1974), the largest ever, are; Gary Player, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Harry Vardon, Babe Zaharias, Bobby Jones, Byron Nelson, Jack Nicklaus, Francis Ouimet, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Walter Hagen, and Patty Berg. 

There have been a handful of class years with only one inductee; Cary Middlecoff, Pat Bradley, Patty Sheehan, Dinah Shore, and Betsy King (short ceremony 🙂) .  The years of 1996, 1997, 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018 had no inductees (weird 🤨).

Most surprising member to me... George H. Bush (2011).  I usually see these ceremonies on TGC, but don't recall this.

So the BIG question is, what year will The Cat get the nod?  They recently changed the criteria for minimum age from 40 to 50... otherwise I have to think he would already be in. 

Anyway, it's a cool thing for the game of golf and its fans to have... thoughts?

 

 

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Not really a big question. Tiger has been hall of fame for over a decade he just didn’t meet the age requirement. It’s not like he’s going to get passed over when he turns 50

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2 hours ago, RickyBobby_PR said:

Not really a big question. Tiger has been hall of fame for over a decade he just didn’t meet the age requirement. It’s not like he’s going to get passed over when he turns 50

Yup, little question... but man would that ever set the sports media ablaze were he not to get inducted his first year!  I did read that the change was made because players elevated fitness levels are enabling them to play at a high level for longer periods.  

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The Bush's part in Golf is amazing - 41 is named after his paternal grandfather Herbert Walker who helped establish the Walker Cup - he was also a former USGA President, as was 41's father Prescott. Good stuff.


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22 hours ago, golfertrb said:

The Bush's part in Golf is amazing - 41 is named after his paternal grandfather Herbert Walker who helped establish the Walker Cup - he was also a former USGA President, as was 41's father Prescott. Good stuff.


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Interesting... did not know that about his grandfather and the Walker Cup.

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