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World Golf Hall of Fame Inductees

World Golf Hall of Fame Inductees

World Golf Hall of Fame Inductees

After the voting by the newly formed Hall of Fame Selection Commission, four new members will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame located in St. Augustine, FL.  Arnold Palmer, Nancy Lopez, Annika Sorenstam, and Gary Player, are members of the Selection Commission, among others.

The new members will be Mark O’Meara, David Graham, Laura Davies, and A. W. Tillinghast.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies

Laura Davies is a multiple winner of women’s major championships including the 1987 U.S. Women’s Open and the 1994 and 1996 LPGA Championships. Davies won more than 70 tournaments worldwide.

A.W. Tillinghast

A.W. Tillinghast

Albert Warren (A. W.) Tillinghast, born in 1874, was an original member of the PGA of America. He learned the game from lessons he took from Old Tom Morris at St. Andrews. It was this early exposure to the links at St. Andrews that influenced Tillinghast’s design features that he would incorporate into some of his most famous golf courses such as Winged Foot, Bethpage State Park, Baltusrol Golf Club, and the San Francisco Golf Club.

David Graham

David Graham

David Graham, originally from Australia, had a fine career through the 1970s, but actually began to look more toward club design work as his future. His friend, Jack Nicklaus, helped him become an employee at MacGregor Golf and he began work on some iron designs. All this would change when a determined Graham fought his way to his first major victory in the 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. I worked with Graham and Nicklaus in the early 1980s at MacGregor and we were all very proud of David when he was, once again, a major winner at Merion in the 1981 U.S. Open. I remember watching his final round of the tournament when he put on one of the finest displays of ball striking and control ever seen to fire a 67 and win the trophy. My next boss, Ben Hogan, even called David to congratulate him on such a fine round.

Mark O'Meara receiving his Green Jacket from defending Champion Tiger Woods

Mark O’Meara receiving his Green Jacket from defending Champion Tiger Woods

Mark O’Meara had just won the U.S. Amateur in 1979 and soon turned professional. He started out with the Ben Hogan Co. and we crafted the congenial O’Meara his first pro clubs. He played well early on but really became a much better ball striker when he hooked up with a new teacher named Hank Haney. Mark had a wonderful career, making lots of money, but no major victories. In the late 1990s he befriended a young Eldrick Woods and they played many practice rounds together at their home course of Isleworth GC in Orlando, FL.  Mark watched as the youthful Tiger began winning majors and I think it inspired him to make his own run in 1998. O’Meara won the Masters and the British Open Championship that year to put his name in golf history. He was 41 years old at the time, making him the oldest player to have won two majors in one year.

The induction ceremony will take place on July 13, 2015 in St. Andrews, Scotland, just down the road from the St. Andrews Links that will be hosting the British Open Championship that week.

I know that all the new members, their families, and friends are very proud of this honor.


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