\The World Golf Hall of Fame is the ultimate destination for the celebration and recognition of golf's greatest players and contributors and serves as an inspiration to golfers and fans worldwide. Open since 1998 and supported by all of the world's leading golf organizations, the Hall of Fame combines historic artifacts and personal memorabilia with interactive exhibits to tell the stories of the Hall of Fame members and the history of the game. The World Golf Hall of Fame is located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL.
Guests of the World Golf Hall of Fame will be greeted with the fascinating and comprehensive tale of golf's history and its development from the cradle in Scotland through its growth to the far reaches of the world. An exhibit in this area focuses on the role of The R&A, the history of the Open Championship, golf's longest-running major, and The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews.
The Hall of Fame members' stories are referenced throughout the museum, though their true home is in the center of the museum, Shell Hall, named for the Hall of Fame's founding partner, Shell Oil Company. An extraordinary “Wall of Fame” donning hand-crafted bronze relief plaques of each member extends an entire wall, representing its over 100 members. And, guests can search for statistics, sound bites, photographs and video clips in a comprehensive database developed by technology partner IBM.
As a fitting tribute to the highest achievement in golf, significant tournament trophies, including men's and women's majors, are artfully displayed in the Hall of Fame Tower. A locker room showcases memorabilia from many of the members and guests have the opportunity to sink a long putt on a modern tournament-style putting green under the lights and cameras of a Shell's Wonderful World of Golf match. Video is featured throughout the museum, including the multi-screen experience called “Spirit of the Game” and a theater offering great championship moment highlights.
The World Golf Hall of Fame opens various temporary exhibits throughout the year, many featuring its members. Most recently, an exhibit featuring Hall of Fame Global Ambassador Gary Player was displayed and on November 12, 2007, Jack Nicklaus: Golf's Golden Champion will be open to the public through November 2008. In addition, special displays highlighting the personal and professional achievements of the 2007 Class of Inductees will be on display.
Avenues for Induction
There are five avenues for a player or contributor to enter the World Golf Hall of Fame: PGA TOUR/Champions Tour ballot, International ballot, LPGA Point System, Lifetime Achievement category and Veteran's category.
Various criteria is set up for players to be eligible for the PGA TOUR/Champions Tour and International ballots, including an age requirement of at least 40 years old and a record that includes a combination of regular tournament victories and majors.
The LPGA Point System requires a player to be an active member of the LPGA Tour for 10 years and to have won either an LPGA major tournament, Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honors, plus a number of other tournament victories.
Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement category are made by the international voting body members. The category is designed for any male or female supporter of the sport whose primary role in the game has come outside the playing arena. The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors' Selection Committee decides this category each year.
Any male or female professional or amateur whose playing career concluded at least 30 years ago is eligible for selection through the Veteran's category. The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors' Selection Committee also determines this category each year.
As sole founding partner of World Golf Hall of Fame, Shell Oil Company provides financial support to the World Golf Foundation and supports its charitable initiatives aimed at introducing golf to young people, thereby promoting scholastic achievement, community service and those values intrinsic to the game of golf.
For more information about the World Golf Hall of Fame, visit www.wgv.com, call 1-800-WGV-GOLF (vacation packages) or 1-904-940-4123 (events).
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