WGHOF - Announcement group photo 3.25.14

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum will begin a new process in 2015 for inductees as a result of an extensive review of the ballot and nomination process announced last fall by Tim Finchem, Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour commissioner and chair of the World Golf Foundation’s (WGF’s) board of directors.

The review included an evaluation of the ballot system and voting body, along with criteria such as tournament victories and age, and the game’s changing dynamics and its constituents. Now, the induction process will be governed by a selection commission of 16 individuals who will be responsible for electing candidates into the Hall of Fame, with each inductee needing at least 75 per cent of the vote to gain entry. Individuals considered will fall into four categories: male and female competitor, veterans, and lifetime achievement categories.

The commission will be co-chaired by Hall of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, and Annika Sorenstam and will include members of the World Golf Foundation’s board of directors and a mix of institutional and at-large seats.

“The Hall of Fame has established itself as the place to celebrate golf’s greatest players and contributors, and this process will ensure it maintains that place as the game continues to grow and evolve,” said Finchem in a press release. “The World Golf Foundation board of directors unanimously approved the changes to the process and we applaud the Hall of Fame team for working diligently to make this happen, along with all of the Hall of Fame members who have agreed to participate.”