Criteria & Process

Overview

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will use the following process and criteria for an individual to be inducted:

Selection Committee

The World Golf Hall of Fame Selection Process is governed by a Selection Committee that is made of up to 20 individuals who are responsible for electing individuals into the Hall of Fame. The Selection Committee is Co-Chaired by four Hall of Fame Members and includes a mix of institutional and at-large seats.

Nominating Committee

A Nominating Committee is tasked with overseeing the qualification and vetting process and is responsible for submitting finalists for consideration to the Selection Committee. The Nominating Committee is comprised of up to 25 individuals, including six Hall of Fame members and a mix of institutional and at-large seats.

Categories & Criteria

There are three categories under which an individual may be considered for Induction: Male and Female Competitor categories and the Contributor category.

Induction Process

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

Please note below that the Nominating Committee is responsible for nominating candidates for the Contributor Category. The World Golf Hall of Fame is responsible for managing support materials, including letters of support, from the public. Please send all correspondence to [email protected] and the Hall of Fame staff will respond as appropriate.

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Selection Committee

The Selection Committee is comprised of up to 20 individuals tasked with electing inductees in the Male and Female Competitor Categories, as well as the Contributor Category.

The Committee will be Co-Chaired by four members of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Co-Chairs (4)
World Golf Hall of Fame members selected by World Golf Foundation Board of Directors:
Beth Daniel
Nick Price
Annika Sorenstam
Curtis Strange

Institutional Seats (7)
World Golf Foundation Board of Directors representing:
Mike Davis – USGA
Will Jones – The Masters
Jay Monahan – PGA TOUR
Keith Pelley – European Tour
Martin Slumbers – The R&A
Seth Waugh – PGA of America
Mike Whan – LPGA

Media (7)
Seven media representatives selected by the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors:
Michael Bamberger – Golf.com
Iain Carter – BBC
Jaime Diaz – Golf Channel
Doug Ferguson – AP
John Hopkins – GGP UK
Beth Ann Nichols – Golfweek
Ron Sirak – Global Golf Post

At-large (1)
Up to two at-large selections can be made by the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors:
Jerry Tarde – Golf Digest/Discovery

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Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is comprised of up to 25 individuals, chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of the World Golf Foundation. The Nominating Committee is tasked with evaluating qualified Male and Female Competitors and presenting the Selection Committee with four finalists in both categories.

The Nominating Committee is also tasked with nominating and evaluating qualified candidates in the Contributor Category and presenting the Selection Committee with two finalists.

The Nominating Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

Chairman
Greg McLaughlin – Chief Executive Officer of the World Golf Foundation

Hall of Famers (6)
World Golf Hall of Fame members selected by World Golf Foundation Board of Directors:

Juli Inkster
Hale Irwin
Meg Mallon
Colin Montgomerie
Mark O’Meara
Karrie Webb

Institutional Seats (7)
Representatives from each of the World Golf Foundation Board organizations:
Heather Daly-Donofrio – LPGA
Steve Ethun – The Masters
Angela Howe – The R&A
Rand Jerris – USGA
Allison Keller – PGA TOUR
Guy Kinnings – European Tour
Julius Mason – PGA of America

At-Large Seats (12)
Individuals representing media and at-large selections chosen by the World Golf Foundation Board of Directors:
Ron Green, Jr. – GGP
Bob Harig – ESPN
Nicki Hirayama – International Golf Federation
Alastair Johnston – IMG
Derek Lawrenson – Daily Mail
Rich Lerner – Golf Channel
Lewine Mair – GGP UK
Randall Mell – Golf Channel
Jimmy Roberts – NBC
Dave Shedloski – GD/Discovery
Reiko Takehawa – Golf Digest
Kelly Tilghman

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Qualifying Criteria

Female Competitor
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) and The Evian Championship (2013-current).

A player must be at least 45 years old during the year of a given Induction Ceremony (example: A player be at least 45 years old in 2021 in order to qualify for the Class of 2021), or be at least three 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 Competitor
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 45 years old during the year of a given Induction Ceremony (example: A player be at least 45 years old in 2021 in order to qualify for the Class of 2021), or be at least three 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.          

Contributor
To be considered for selection in the Contributor category, an individual must have impacted 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 Contributor category by a member of the Nominating Committee or a World Golf Hall of Fame member. ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Vetting Process

Male & Female Competitor Categories
The Nominating Committee will review the list of players who meet the minimum criteria to qualify in the Male and Female Competitor categories. In the first round of vetting, members of the Nominating Committee will submit their top 8 players in both categories. 

The results will be tabulated and presented to the Nominating Committee for discussion. The results will also be presented to all Hall of Fame members, who will be asked to submit four recommendations in both categories. The Nominating Committee will then determine up to four finalists in both categories and submit the results to the Selection Committee for their consideration.

An individual will remain in consideration as long as he or she receives support during the first round of vetting. If a player receives no support during the first round of vetting for three consecutive selection cycles, that player will be removed from consideration.

Contributor Category
The Nominating Committee will review the list of individuals who have been nominated in the Contributor category. In the first round of vetting, each member of the Selection Sub-Committee will submit 4 individuals.

The results will be tabulated and presented to the Nominating Committee for discussion. The results will also be presented to all Hall of Fame members, who will be asked to submit two recommendations. The Nominating Committee will then determine up to two finalists and submit the results to the Selection Committee for their consideration.

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Finalist Stage

Class Size
The Selection Committee shall not select a cumulative total of more than four individuals from the three categories listed below to be inducted in any single selection cycle.

Male & Female Competitor Categories
The Selection Committee will be presented with up to four finalists in both the Male and Female Competitor categories to consider for induction. The Selection Committee 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. 

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

Contributor Category
The Selection Committee will be presented with up to two finalists in the Contributor category to consider for induction. The Selection Committee 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.

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