Criteria & Process

Overview

Beginning with the Class of 2017, the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will use the following process and criteria for an individual to be inducted:

Selection Commission

The process is governed by a Selection Commission made up of 16 individuals who will be responsible for electing individuals into the Hall of Fame.  To be inducted, an individual must receive approval from at least 75% of the Selection Commission.  The Selection Commission is Co-Chaired by Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam.

Selection Sub-Committee

A Selection Sub-Committee will oversee the vetting process and is responsible for submitting finalists for consideration to the Selection Commission.  The Selection Sub-Committee will be comprised of 20 individuals including six Hall of Fame members: Amy AlcottPeter Alliss, Se Ri Pak, Nick Price, Judy Rankin and Curtis Strange.

Categories & Criteria

There are now four categories under which an individual may be considered for Induction: Male and Female Competitor Categories and the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement Categories.

Induction Process

Each new Class of Inductees will be selected after a vetting process by the Selection Sub-Committee and a vote from the Selection Commission.

Please note below that the Selection Sub-Committee is responsible for nominating candidates for the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement Categories. The World Golf Hall of Fame is responsible for managing support materials, including letters, from the public. Please send all correspondence to Letters@wghof.org and the Hall of Fame staff will respond as appropriate.

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Selection Commission

The Selection Commission is comprised of 16 individuals tasked with electing inductees in the Male and Female Competitor, Veterans and Lifetime Achievement Categories. The Commission will be Co-Chaired by four members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Co-Chairs (4) – serving two-year terms

Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Annika Sorenstam

Institutional Seats (9)

World Golf Foundation Board of Directors:

European Tour        Keith Pelley, Chief Executive
LPGA                         Mike Whan, Commissioner
PGA of America      Peter Bevacqua, Chief Executive Officer
PGA TOUR              Tim Finchem, Commissioner
The Masters             Will Jones, Executive Director
The R&A                   Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive
USGA                        Mike Davis, Executive Director

Chairman of the AGW and President of the GWAA:

AGW                         Iain Carter, Chairman
GWAA                      Jeff Babineau, President

At-Large Seats (3) – serving two-year terms

Brian Thorburn         Chief Executive Officer, PGA of Australia
Ivan Khodabakhsh    Chief Executive Officer, Ladies European Tour
John Hopkins             Past Chairman, AGW

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Selection Sub-Committee

The Selection Sub-Committee will be made up of 20 individuals tasked with vetting and presenting Male and Female Competitors for consideration to the Selection Commission.  The Selection Sub-Committee will also nominate and submit candidates in the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement Categories.

Sub-Committee Chairman

Jack Peter        Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

Institutional Seats (7)

Representatives the World Golf Foundation Board organizations:
European Tour     Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director
LPGA                      Heather Daly-Donofrio, Sr. V.P. Tour Operations
PGA of America    Julius Mason, Sr. Director, Communications & Media Relations
PGA TOUR            Charlie Zink, Executive Vice President & Co-Chief Operating Officer
R&A                         Angela Howe, Director, Museum & Heritage
The Masters           Ron Cross, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs
USGA                      Rand Jerris, Sr., Managing Director, Public Services

At-Large Seats (13)

Members of the World Golf Hall of Fame (6)
Amy Alcott
Peter Alliss
Se Ri Pak
Nick Price
Judy Rankin
Curtis Strange

Federation of PGA Tours (2)
Shani Waugh – President, Australian LPGA
Isao Matsui – Japan Golf Tour Organization

At-large Individuals (5)
Alastair Johnston
Lewine Mair
Pete McDaniel
Ty Votaw
Andy Yamanaka

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Categories & Criteria

Female Competitors

A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the tours with membership in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings (LPGA, Ladies European Tour, Japan LPGA, Korea LPGA and Australia Ladies Professional Golf)  OR at least two victories among the following events: U.S. Women’s Open, LPGA Championship, du Maurier Classic (1979-2000), Women’s British Open (2001-current), Kraft Nabisco Championship (1983-current), The Evian Championship (2013-current), Titleholders Championship (1937-1942, 1946-1966, 1972), and the Western Open (1930-1967).

A player must be at least 50 years old at the start of the year in which selections are made (example: A player must have turned 50 years old prior to January 1, 2016 in order to qualify for the Class of 2017), or be at least five years removed from being an active participant (as determined by the Tour) on any of the tours with membership in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Male Competitors

A player must have a cumulative total of 15 or more official victories on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours (PGA TOUR, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, Sunshine Tour, Asian Tour and PGA of Australasia) OR at least two victories among the following events: The Masters, THE PLAYERS Championship, the U.S. Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship.

A player must be at least 50 years old at the start of the year in which selections are made (example: A player must have turned 50 years old prior to January 1, 2016 in order to qualify for the Class of 2017), or be at least five years removed from being an active participant (as determined by the Tour) on any of the original members of the International Federation of PGA Tours.

Veterans Category

To be considered for selection in the Veterans category a player’s competitive career must have primarily occurred prior to 1980.  There is no minimum win criterion.  Amateurs and professionals are eligible to be considered in the Veterans category.

Lifetime Achievement Category

To be considered for selection in the Lifetime Achievement category, an individual must have contributed to the game significantly in areas outside of the competitive arena (i.e. administrator, course architect, innovator, instructor, media, etc.).

Individuals may be nominated in the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement Categories by a member of the Selection Sub-Committee.

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Induction Process

Selection Sub-Committee Stage

Male & Female Competitor Categories

The Selection Sub-Committee will review the list of players who meet the minimum criteria to qualify in the Male and Female Competitor categories.  All Hall of Fame members will also be asked for their recommendations in both categories.

The Selection Sub-Committee will determine five finalists in both categories and submit the results to the Selection Commission for their consideration.

Veteran & Lifetime Achievement Categories

The Selection Sub-Committee will review the list of individuals who have been nominated in both the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement categories.  All Hall of Fame members will also be asked for their recommendations in both categories.

The Selection Sub-Committee will determine three finalists in both categories and submit the results to the Selection Commission for their consideration.

Selection Commission Stage

Voting

In order to be inducted in any Category, an individual must receive approval from at least 75% of the Selection Commission.

The Commission may choose any number of candidates from any category, and the Induction Class may not exceed a total of five individuals.

Male & Female Competitor Categories

The Selection Commission will be presented with five finalists in both the Male and Female Competitor categories to consider for induction.  The Selection Commission will discuss the merits of each finalist, and conduct a vote to determine if he or she will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Veteran & Lifetime Achievement Categories

The Selection Commission will be presented with three finalists in both the Veterans and Lifetime Achievement categories to consider for induction.  The Selection Commission will discuss the merits of each finalist, and conduct a vote to determine if he or she will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

The final class of Inductees will be announced following the Selection Commission’s deliberations.