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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 Tour Hall of Fame's criteria have been changed three times since its inception, with the most recent coming in February 1999. The existing criteria were adopted at that time, as well as the creation of the Veteran's Category.
Only three players have been inducted into the LPGA Hall of Fame via the Veteran’s Category (Donna Caponi, Marlene Hagge and Judy Rankin). All three players were granted induction after the new LPGA Tour Hall of Fame criteria was introduced in 1999 based on the fact that they were retired and had met the new 27-point criteria during their playing careers. The three players were then purposefully inducted in separate years so that each could have her own moment of recognition for her achievement.
In 1998, the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame became part of the World Golf Hall of Fame (WGHOF), which is housed at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida. In May 1998, all of the LPGA Tour's Hall of Fame members were officially inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and until 2014, every player who subsequently earned entry into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame was also inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
That changed in 2014 when the World Golf Hall of Fame introduced the female ballot called the “Female Competitor Category.” To be eligible for consideration in the World Golf Hall of Fame’s Female Competitor Category, a player must have won 15 or more tournaments or two major championships. And starting in 2016, a player must also be at least 50 years old or be at least five years removed from active play on tour. The Female Competitor Category carries the same qualification standards as the Male Competitor Category.
With the introduction of the Female Competitor Category, LPGA members satisfying the criteria for the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame are now placed on the Female Competitor Category ballot when she either reaches the age of 50 or is five years removed/retired from the active competitive play.