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Golf Hall of Fame scrapped for 2014

Golf Hall of Fame scrapped for 2014

The furore over Colin Montgomerie’s contentious induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame this year appears to have prompted the St Augustine-based organisation to re-evaluate its selection criteria – a decision which has resulted in the cancellation of any inductions in 2014.

Montgomerie was added to the Hall of Fame in May this year, despite having never won a major championship, any strokeplay tournament in the USA, or reached No.1 on the world rankings. The Scot took his place on the international ballot, one of five current routes into the Hall.

That provoked outrage in certain quarters. Raymond Floyd said: “I’ll just say that you should have at least two majors. It takes integrity away from the term ‘Golf Hall of Fame.’ I’m very upset.” Tony Jacklin added: “I vote on the basis of who’s worthy and there’s always majors in it for me.”

Even Montgomerie’s fellow Scot Sandy Lyle – an inductee in 2012 – spoke out against the eight-time European Tour No.1’s induction, arguing: “I thought a major should be behind your name to be even considered. Quite a lot of players have won majors and not even been considered.”

The fact that Montgomerie’s inclusion earned him a lifetime exemption for the lucrative Champions Tour – for which he became eligible in June this year – only succeeded in exacerbating many people’s discontent

It appears, though, that the Golf Hall of Fame’s custodians have taken notice, announcing that there will be no induction ceremony in 2014 whilst a ‘comprehensive review’ of the eligibility criteria is undertaken.

“In fairness to that process, the board of directors and the Hall of Fame have agreed to forego the 2014 induction ceremony.”

A statement issued by the Golf Hall of Fame said: “Following the conclusion of the 2013 World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the World Golf Foundation board of directors instructed the Hall of Fame to begin a comprehensive review of several of its processes.

“The review has focused on an evaluation of the criteria and process for electing/selecting all five avenues of induction and a review of the production of the annual induction ceremony, including date, location and presentation.

“At this time, the strategic review is ongoing. The process of electing and selecting inductees and planning the induction ceremony takes several months and includes the coordination of the game’s professional tours, governing bodies and allied organisations.

“Therefore, in fairness to that process, the board of directors and the Hall of Fame have agreed to forego the 2014 induction ceremony.

“The review is expected to be complete in early 2014 and an announcement will be made after the Golf Hall of Fame Board of Directors approves any changes to be made.”

2015 Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The 2015 Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony will still take place as planned on the Monday of The Players Championship, on May 4, 2015.

Michael McEwan

Michael McEwan

Assistant Editor at bunkered golf magazine
Michael McEwan is the assistant editor of bunkered and its sister publications Scottish Club Golfer and English Club Golfer. He is also a frequent contributor to www.bunkered.co.uk.
Michael McEwan

3 Comments

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    Chris Cagienard

    October 8, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I wonder if Strictly Come Dancing will be scrapped as a result of Tony Jacklin’s performance?

    8 Order of Merits and an unbelievable Ryder Cup Record as a player then captain, the guy lives and breathes golf and has also given back to the game that has earned him a very good living, of course he deserved his induction!

    Hopefully the scrapping hasn’t been as a result of Monty’s Inclusion. If Majors are the barometer though, I look forward to Rich Beem’s acceptance speech next year….

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    Chris Cagienard

    October 8, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    total agree that he aint worthy i’ve seen him a number of times snub kids for autographs and he is a grumpy un friendly guy most of time a bad advert for scotland and on tv he is just a stuttering public school boy who makes me turn sound down

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    Chris Cagienard

    October 10, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    Here are the terms of reference/criteria for the Hall Of Fame:

    PGA TOUR Ballot
    PGA TOUR
    ◦Minimum 40 years old
    ◦PGA TOUR member for 10 years
    ◦10 TOUR wins or 2 Majors or PLAYERS Championship wins
    Champions Tour
    ◦Champions Tour member for five years
    ◦20 wins between PGA TOUR and Champions Tour or five major or PLAYERS Championship wins
    The PGA TOUR Voting Body, comprised of golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries, determines who is elected through this category each year. Election requires 65% of returned ballots. In the event that no candidate receives 65%, the nominee receiving the most votes with at least 50% is elected.

    International Ballot
    ◦Men and women a minimum of 40 years old
    ◦Cumulative 50 points earned from major wins, international tour wins and Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Solheim Cup participation
    The International Voting Body, also comprised of golf journalists, historians and golf dignitaries, determines who is elected through this category each year. Election requires 65% of returned ballots. In the event that no candidate receives 65%, the nominee receiving the most votes with at least 50% is elected.

    LPGA Point System
    ◦Active LPGA Tour member for 10 years
    ◦Cumulative 27 point-system based on LPGA tournament wins. Must include a major championship win, the Vare Trophy or Rolex Player of the Year honor.
    Any player meeting this criteria is eligible for induction.

    Lifetime Achievement
    ◦This category was created to honor those persons whose primary contributions have come from outside the competitive arena.
    The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Selection Committee determines each year’s recipient.

    Veterans
    ◦The Veterans Category honors those players, amateur or professional, whose distinguished careers are comparable to others who are already honored within the Hall of Fame.
    The World Golf Foundation Board of Directors’ Selection Committee determines each year’s recipient.

    There are administrators, broadcasters, an ex President and non major winners pre Monty’s inclusion.




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