World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum to open special exhibition featuring LPGA legend Nancy Lopez
St. Augustine, Fla. (December 10, 2010) - The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will celebrate one of the true legends in golf history with its latest special exhibition, "Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion & Personality." The exhibition will open to the public on Friday, Dec. 17.
"Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion & Personality" will be on display throughout 2011 and offer over 150 pieces of memorabilia from her electric career, including LPGA Championship trophies, her trophy she won as part of the victorious U.S. Team in the inaugural Solheim Cup and even the legendary Ray Cook putter she used to win so many of her 48 LPGA titles.
The exhibit will feature Lopez's accomplishments on the course, but it will also show the honest, engaging and entertaining persona that so deeply connected her to golf fans worldwide.
"I am thrilled and honored to have my own exhibit at the World Golf Hall of Fame," Lopez said. "My fans are a huge reason I not only realized all of my dreams as a professional golfer, but also the reason I enjoyed every step of the way. I am so happy to share all of these trophies and mementos with my fans and hope they enjoy the exhibit, and my heartfelt gratitude for their years of support."
Lopez will join Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Bob Hope as members of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum to be featured in special exhibitions. She will make an appearance at the Hall of Fame in January, 2011 to officially open her exhibit.
"We are excited to be able to highlight a superstar like Nancy Lopez," said Jack Peter, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. "She is such an important figure in women's golf and we felt that her career was a perfect candidate for a special exhibit. Her smile lit up golf courses throughout the world and we couldn't be happier to have it light up the museum."
The exhibition will include special additions to the Hall of Fame's popular audio tour through an interview Lopez did during the collection of her memorabilia. That audio, combined with photos and actual items from her career gives guests an intimate look at Lopez's rapid rise to greatness, starting from her humble beginnings in New Mexico when she won the New Mexico Women's Amateur as a 12-year-old.
It highlights her unprecedented 1978 season, when she won nine events - including an LPGA record five in a row - and collected the LPGA Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and Vare Trophy (scoring average). She remains the only player to have won those three awards in the same season.
"Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion & Personality" will also illustrate Lopez's legendary interaction with her fans and the impact she has had through her many charitable works
For more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
About the World Golf Hall of Fame
A World Golf Foundation initiative, the Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is associated with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
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