World Golf Hall of Fame Announces 15 Finalists

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has released the names of 15 finalists who will be considered for class enshrinement in 2019 and includes men and women representing four different countries.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida – The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum has released the names of 15 finalists who will be considered for class enshrinement in 2019. The list of finalists includes men and women representing four different countries and consists of candidates from the following four categories: Male Competitor, Female Competitor, Lifetime Achievement and Veterans.

Below is the list of finalists (listed alphabetically by category).

Male Competitor (4)

Retief Goosen, South Africa
Graham Marsh, Australia
Corey Pavin, United States
Hal Sutton, United States

Female Competitor (5)

Susie Maxwell Berning, United States
Beverly Hanson, United States
Sandra Palmer, United States
Dottie Pepper, United States
Jan Stephenson, Australia

Jan Stepehson became a member of the LPGA Tour in 1974 and won three major championships and 16 LPGA Tour events with 41 worldwide victories including (10) LPGA Legends Tour wins and 8 worldwide major championships.

Lifetime Achievement (3)

Peggy Kirk Bell, United States
Billy Payne, United States
Dennis Walters, United States

Veterans (3)

Jim Ferrier, Australia
Catherine Lacoste, France
Calvin Peete, United States

The list of finalists was handed down by a Selection Sub-Committee comprised of 20 individuals, including six World Golf Hall of Fame Members: Donna Caponi Byrnes, Juli Inkster, Hale Irwin, Nick Price, Curtis Strange and Karrie Webb. This group was responsible for overseeing the vetting process that commenced in June and culminated with the Sub-Committee’s selection of finalists that will be presented to the Selection Commission.

“The Selection Sub-Committee had a big task to complete, and every member is to be commended for their effort and commitment in choosing the 15 best candidates,” said Jack Peter, President of the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum. “We are proud of the energy and thoroughness of the voting system and eagerly await the final results, which will be announced on October 10th.”

Before gaining consideration, each finalist met the necessary qualifications in his or her respective category by way of on-course accomplishments or by significant contributions to the game.

The Selection Commission, Co-Chaired by Hall of Fame Members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Annika Sorenstam, will now assemble to discuss the merits and vote on the 15 finalists. Additionally, all living Hall of Fame Members provided personal input to the Selection Commission as it relates to the group of finalists.

To be inducted, an individual must receive approval from at least 75% of the Selection Commission. This group will ultimately elect the Class of 2019, which will be inducted in Pebble Beach, California on Monday, June 10, 2019, the week of the men’s U.S. Open Championship. The Induction Ceremony will take place at the Sunset Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

On the web: worldgolfhalloffame.org

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As a caddie, greenkeeper, and Ouimet Scholar from Marshfield Country Club on Boston’s South Shore, Leigh developed his love for the game at an early age. The BA from Amherst College and MA from Dartmouth prepared him for his 36-year career in education, most of it teaching Advanced Placement English and coaching varsity golf. In 1986, a sabbatical from teaching students to writing stories for “Golf World” magazine prepared him for his second career in golf journalism. Leigh is a low-handicap golfer who has won the Golf Writers Association of America’s championship seven times. He is currently a member of Southers Marsh Golf Club in Plymouth, MA, and PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, FL.

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