Altvater: World Golf Hall of Fame announces Class of 2015Written by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Golf Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2015.
Laura Davies, Mark O’Meara, David Graham and A.W. Tillinghast will be honored in the induction ceremony that will take place at St. Andrews University prior to the Open Championship in July.
Laura Davies has won golf tournaments around the world and has been one of the most dominant female athletes of all time.
She has been the most recognizable golfer on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for over 30 years and holds the record for most wins on the LET with 45.
She added another 20 wins on the LPGA Tour, even though she played primarily in Europe.
In addition, Davies won four major championships, six LPGA of Japan events, two Ladies Asian Tour tournaments, eight titles on the Australian Ladies PGA and seven other professional tournaments around the world.
Davies has been long overdue for enshrinement into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
Mark O’Meara won 16 PGA Tour events in his long career. He won the Masters and the Open Championship in the same year, 1998. He also came close to winning the PGA Championship, ultimately finishing T-4, the same year.
He was named PGA Tour Player of the Year in 1998 and became a mentor to a young Tiger Woods, when he turned professional in 1996.
He also has won around the world with four European Tour wins and two victories on the Japan Golf Tour.
O’Meara now plays on the Champions Tour and has two wins and a host of top-10 finishes. At the age of 57, he continues to be a factor on the senior circuit.
David Graham was born in Australia, but won 20 golf tournaments around the world. He holds trophies from tournament victories garnered from six different continents of the world.
He won two major championships. The 1979 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills and in the 1981 U.S. Open at Merion, he fired a nearly perfect 67 in the final round to overtake the 54-hole leader George Burns.
He was also successful in representing Australia in team events, winning the 1970 World Cup and the 1985 Alfred Dunhill Cup.
Graham collapsed while putting in a Champions Tour event in 2004 due to congestive heart failure. He was forced to retire and now resides in Montana.
A.W. Tillinghast (1874-1942) was one of the premier golf architects of his time. He is responsible for designing 265 golf courses around the U.S. and Canada.
Baltusrol, Winged Foot, Beth Page Park and Ridgewood Country Club are just a few of the more famous tracts credited to Tillinghast. His courses have hosted several U.S. Opens and PGA Championships.
He is most recognized for the variety found from course to course. He took great pride in making each course unique in its own right.
He appreciated the use of trees to delineate a golf hole and create options for the player. He also put great emphasis on the green complexes of each course. Always aware of the natural drainage, he felt greens needed to be well guarded, but receptive to a properly played shot.
It appears that the new committee format of choosing the candidates for induction into the World Golf Hall of Fame has worked as planned.
All of the 2015 inductees are deserving of the honor of being Hall of Fame members and distinguished themselves throughout their golfing careers.
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