Class of 2008

 Sir Bob Charles

Sir Bob Charles

Sir Bob Charles has the dual distinction of being the first left-handed golfer to win a major championship and the first player to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame from New Zealand. A natural righty, he does everything right handed except, as he says, “….play games requiring two hands.” As such, Charles …

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 Pete Dye

Pete Dye

Pete Dye has done much to change the face of golf since leaving the business world in 1959 to undertake a career in golf course architecture. A fine golfer in his own right, Dye played in five U.S. Amateurs, one British Amateur, one U.S. Open as well as several other significant amateur tournaments. With more …

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 Carol Semple Thompson

Carol Semple Thompson

American golf has been blessed by several extraordinary amateur champions who have played the game at the very highest level – Bob Jones (the winner of nine USGA national championships), Glenna Collett Vare (six), Francis Ouimet (three, plus a member of 12 Walker Cup teams), and, while still amateurs, both JoAnne Gunderson Carner (six) and …

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 Denny Shute

Denny Shute

Hermon Densmore “Denny” Shute is a familiar name only in golf’s most erudite circles.¬†Certainly not a self-promoter, Shute was quiet, reserved and unassuming in life. He was so guarded against catching the gaze of the spotlight he would, at times, have his wife, Hettie, accept the trophies and checks on his behalf. “[Shute] was about …

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 Herbert Warren Wind

Herbert Warren Wind

Most simply put, Herbert Warren Wind is golf’s poet laureate. He not only described our game – its wondrous people and remarkable venues – with mellifluous words that did much to shape people’s opinions and attitudes, but also stirred the emotions as no other. He was that good. Educated at Yale University and later at …

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 Craig Wood

Craig Wood

He was known as the “Blond Bomber” because of his rugged good looks and his ability to drive the golf ball prodigious distances, but he is being inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame because of his 21 wins on the Tour between 1928 and 1944, including back-to-back majors. Significantly, he was selected on …

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