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Established in 1967, the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame traces its roots back to the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf, which was instituted in 1950 at the Augusta (Ga.) Country Club. Six LPGA players were members of the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf when the LPGA voted to establish its own Hall of Fame, with membership limited to members of the LPGA Tour. The inaugural class of inductees included those LPGA Tour members who were already in the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf and the year of their induction into the Hall of Fame of Women's Golf was recognized as the year of induction for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. The inaugural class included Patty Berg, Betty Jameson, Louise Suggs and Babe Zaharias, 1951; Betsy Rawls, 1960; and Mickey Wright, 1964.
The LPGA Hall of Fame Committee can also induct selected individuals through the Honorary Category. The Veterans Category, with inductees nominated by the former Veterans Committee, was created specifically to recognize players Donna Caponi, Marlene Bauer Hagge and Judy Rankin. All three players were granted induction after new LPGA Tour Hall of Fame criteria was introduced in 1999 because they were retired and had met the new 27-point criteria during their playing careers. The Veterans Category has since been dissolved.
The LPGA Hall of Fame Committee includes LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan, Heather Daly-Donofrio, Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, Kelly Schultz, Mike Waldron, Beth Daniel, Sandra Haynie, Leta Lindley, Se Ri Pak and Karrie Webb.
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