The Amazing Legacies Residing In The World Golf Hall Of Fame
The world golf hall of fame is a place all avid golfers should go to honor those that have made golf what it is today. Below is the history of the world golf hall of fame, and the pga hall of fame members.
History Of The World Golf Hall Of Fame
The World Golf Hall Of Fame is located at World Golf Village near St. Augustine in Florida. It’s unique because it honors both men and women in a single site.
Their mission is to preserve the legacies of those who have made golf great. In 1974, it was decided to create a central location to honor golfers regardless of gender or nationality. On May 19, 1998, they opened a new location in St. Augustine, Florida. This is a nonprofit institution that’s allied with 25 national and international golf organizations.
The World Golf Hall Of Fame has become a great tourist attraction. They even have two championship golf courses, great accommodations, and several amenities.
Who Are The World Golf Hall Of Fame Members?
There are several world golf hall of fame members. The pictures below are a full list of all the members.
World Golf Hall Of Fame Member Highlights
Now let’s look at a few of these members and what makes them so amazing!
Marion Hollins was one of the only female golf course developers in history. She won the 1921 United States Amateur and was captain of the first American Curtis Cup team in 1932. She helped create Cypress Point and Pasatiempo golf courses. She also became friends with Bobby Jones and influenced how Augusta National was developed. Marion also promoted sports for women and children.
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki
Masashi “Jumbo” Ozaki is a legend. His success has spawned an entire generation of male and female Japanese golf professionals. He had 94 wins on the JGTO, and led the Japan Golf Tour in earning a record 12 times. At age 55 he won the JGTO and played long past the age of most players, and was still ranked in the top 10 golfers in the world into his 50s. He was also a professional baseball player in his earlier years, and also had 3 singles reach the Japanese pop charts in the 1980’s.
Judy Rankins legacy started out rough. She decided to quit golf at 16, but two weeks later she received a phone call from Sports Illustrated. They asked her if she would be competing in the U.S. Women’s Open because they wanted to put her on the cover of their magazine. Since that call she won the LPGA Tour victory in 1968 and went on to win 25 more times between 1968 and 1979. In 1983, she had to retire because of some severe back pain that resulted in surgery. This didn’t stop her from continuing to be in the golf world. She became one of the best commentators for ABC sports and Golf Channel.