World Golf Hall of Fame announces 2011 Induction Ceremony presenters and host
Nantz, Rupert, and Hicks to attend Hall's May ceremony
St. Augustine, Fla. (March 30, 2011) -- The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is pleased to announce that Jim Nantz, Johann Rupert and Bob Goalby will be at the Induction Ceremony as presenters for the Class of 2011. The Hall of Fame also welcomes Dan Hicks, who will host the annual Induction Ceremony on May 9.
Nantz, the play-by-play anchor of CBS's golf coverage, will be presenting former President George H.W. Bush. Nantz is a close friend of the Bush family and will be on hand to represent it. Bush is unable to attend the Induction Ceremony and will accept his induction in a pre-recorded video address.
It will be a busy night for Nantz, who will also present 2011 Inductee Frank Chirkinian. Nantz got his start at CBS under the tutelage of Chirkinian, who became a mentor to him.
Ernie Els will be presented by his South African compatriot Johann Rupert. As a long-time supporter and now current chairman of South Africa's Sunshine Tour, Rupert has been able to watch Els rise from a star junior player to success on the world stage.
Bob Goalby, winner of 11 PGA TOUR events including the 1968 Masters, will be on hand to present fellow Masters champion Doug Ford.
Rounding out the Class of 2011, Jumbo Ozaki will remain in his native Japan for the Ceremony. He and the late Jock Hutchison will be celebrated with video tributes.
Hicks, the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC's golf coverage, is the Ceremony's host. It's an ideal fit, as he'll stay in the area to broadcast THE PLAYERS Championship later in the week.
"It is a privilege to have presenters and a host of this caliber at the 2011 Induction Ceremony," said Jack Peter, Sr. Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Hall of Fame. "We are eager to welcome the Class of 2011 to the World Golf Hall of Fame family. The Induction Ceremony is a signature event on golf's world calendar and we're very much looking forward to our new date and kicking off a great week of golf and THE PLAYERS Championship."
The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be May 9 in the St. Johns County Convention Center, located adjacent to the World Golf Hall of Fame at World Golf Village. The post-event Gala will be inside the Hall of Fame.
Overnight packages and Ceremony & Gala tickets are available now. A limited number of complimentary general admission tickets to the Induction Ceremony only will be available to the public (two per person) beginning on Friday, April 1, while supplies last. For tickets and more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, please visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum honors the history of golf by recognizing and preserving the legacies of the game's greatest players and contributors. The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.
The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is allied 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 Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.
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